Next wave of ‘School Streets’ unveiled
Published: Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Details have been announced of the local primary schools that are next in line to be included in the borough’s ‘School Streets’ programme.
Parents and pupils at more than a dozen primary schools are set to enjoy traffic-free drop-offs and pick-ups outside the school gates.
Albemarle, Hotham and Our Lady of Victories recently joined Hillbrook, Penwortham, Earlsfield, and Furzedown, which all had their schemes approved and equipment delivered last month. Alderbrook School has also been approved for a school street.
And from September when most children will be returning to lessons and the roads will be busier with traffic, these will be joined by another wave of schools if supported by head teachers and governors.
The primaries which are being included in a list of proposed new School Street schemes are Falconbrook, Roehampton CofE, Chesterton, Belleville, Gatton, Ravenstone, Westbridge, Allfarthing, Sellincourt, Shaftesbury Park, Granard, Broadwater and Sheringdale.
The initiative sees the roads containing school entrances closed to vehicle traffic when pupils arrive in the mornings and leave in the afternoons. Temporary barriers are being used initially along with signs warning drivers that they cannot enter these streets placed prominently on all approaches.
Over the longer-term the schemes could be enforced with cameras and/or retractable bollards.
Residents and businesses who live and work on a School Street are given access as are Blue Badge holders. Vehicles already parked there before the hours of operation come into effect can also leave without being penalised or impeded.
The schemes do not operate in the school holidays or at weekends.
The council’s education spokesman Cllr Will Sweet said: “School Streets were a key part of our nine point plan to help schools re-open and get as many children as possible back into lessons. It’s great news for children’s safety to make roads calmer near our schools.”
And Wandsworth’s cabinet member for transport Cllr Paul Ellis added: “Reducing the impact of vehicle traffic and encouraging parents and children to walk or cycle to school are key priorities for the council.
“Introducing School Streets should create a much safer and healthier environment for children and their parents on their journeys to and from school.
“As well as no passing traffic there will be a total reduction in vehicle idling outside school entrances, which will be a major benefit to the children. It should really improve air quality around these schools.”