by willforster on 13 October, 2020
Following a motion by the Lib Dems, Surrey County Council unanimously agreed to introduce “school streets” in Surrey with the aim of encouraging active travel, improving air quality and promoting road safety.
A school street is where the road outside a school is closed to vehicles during school drop-off and pick-up times except for those residents living in that street.
Earlier today, Councillors unanimously voted for a motion that I proposed to introduce school streets to Surrey and to increase other efforts to improve the environment around schools by considering neighbourhood zones, tree and hedge planting and air pollution projects.
The Council has approved the principle of a school street pilot at Heath End School in Farnham and will invite nominations for other school streets elsewhere in Surrey.
I am delighted that all County Councillors voted for my motion to introduce school streets in Surrey. During lockdown, people across Surrey experienced better air quality and a safer environment with fewer cars on the road. We need to preserve these benefits.
We should not go back to the pollution, traffic and stress that dominated life for many of us before lockdown. We do not want roads outside schools full of cars pumping out toxic fumes for everyone to breathe in.
Bringing school streets to Surrey is an important step in improving road safety while reducing pollution. The scheme will result in better air quality, less noise and more, greener streets for children and their parents.
We have a golden opportunity to do something much more exciting for our schools. But we cannot do this on our own – as well as the schools, we will need school staff, school families, local residents, academics, Borough Councils and Councillors all on side. We will need to be bold. We will need to have the courage to try something new.Leave a comment