Our school has been chosen along with Godwin to be among the first in the borough to implement a Healthy School Streets scheme. This is a great opportunity for the school with clear benefits for pupils, staff, and local residents. The scheme is subject to an initial consultation which is running until Friday, 19th July.
Newham Council have information on the scheme. The page also includes a link to the online consultation form. Please do take the time to complete the consultation—it is important that the Council knows that there is support for this!
How will it work?
Our scheme will involve timed closures of sections of Sebert Road, Cranmer Road, and Godwin Road. Between 08:30–09:30 and 15:00–16:00 on school days, these sections will not be passable by motor vehicles, with a few exemptions:
- Residents living on the sections that are closed will be able to apply for an exemption in order to leave or return to their properties
- Blue badge holders will be able to use the sections as normal
- Staff will be able to get exemptions in order to commute to and from the school as some live a considerable distance from the school
The scheme will be implemented by cameras which will capture the registration of vehicles entering the closed sections and drivers will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice if they do not have an exemption.
What are the benefits?
- Studies show that children are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their trips to and from school and during the school day. Removing motor traffic at the start and end of the school day will significantly reduce the air pollution around the school.
- Children who travel to school on foot, by scooter, or by bike are getting regular exercise and arrive at school much more ready to learn and participate.
- School staff are having to waste time managing traffic and dealing with parents who park inconsiderately or leave engines idling immediately outside the school. This is tiring for staff and stops them doing more useful tasks or interacting with pupils and parents.
- The atmosphere around the school during drop-off and collection times is sometimes intimidating and occasionally confrontational. Children and parents have to be continually vigilant for drivers making unexpected manoeuvres, passengers opening doors onto the pavement, etc.
Can we do this?
Yes! There are already successful School Streets schemes running in boroughs across London and the UK. In London alone, schemes are either already in place or planned in:
Brent, Camden, Croydon,Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth and Westminster
Here is a video about a scheme in Hackney:
Some further sources to read more on Healthy School Streets and the positive impact this will have for Woodgrange and the surrounding area:
- Mums For Lungs
- School Streets Initiative
- Here’s why the UK should start closing school streets to traffic
- Benefits of Active Travel for Young People