Liberal Democrats launch 'Clean Air for Schools' trial

Kingston is set to launch a 'Clean Air for Schools' trial within the borough, as the Liberal Democrat-run council continues to push for improved air quality for residents.

For six months from Monday, 7 October, a stretch of residential road leading to Lovelace Primary School in Chessington will be closed at drop-off and pick-up times, reducing air pollution at key times when pupils are arriving and leaving school.

The so-called 'School Streets' trial will include the use of an Automatic Number-Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera to ensure the closure is adhered to by drivers, with local residents living near to Lovelace Primary School being exempt from the restrictions through registering their vehicles.

Other schools across Kingston have also expressed an interest in trialling a 'School Street' to help reduce their pupil's exposure to harmful air pollution.

Cllr Hilary Gander, Kingston Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment & Sustainable Transport, said “It's time to take decisive action against air pollution near our schools. Residents have been telling us about their concerns for their children's health, and by creating a School Street it will not only reduce the local pollution but also make the roads safer and more pleasant to walk, cycle or scoot on.

“We look forward to seeing the results of the trial and to rolling this scheme out further in the future.”

For further details, and to put us in contact with other interested schools, please email: [email protected].

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