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Roads near schools in Havering could be closed to traffic during school run

Hylands Primary is one of the schools involved in the trial (credit: HBS Construct)

Roads surrounding 18 schools in Havering could be shut to traffic during the school run, under new plans set to be brought in by the local council.

It is hoped that the new £220,000 School Streets scheme, funded by Transport for London, could be in place in time for pupils to return in September.

A nine-month trial will be conducted, with the following schools set to take part:

Branfil Primary School
Clockhouse Primary School
Concordia Academy
Drapers’ Academy
Drapers’ Mayland Primary School
Drapers’ Pyrgo Priory School
Engayne Primary School
Lime Academy Forest Approach
Harrow Lodge Primary School
Hylands Primary School
Mead Primary School
Oasis Academy Pinewood
Parsonage Farm Primary School
Squirrels Heath Infant School
Squirrels Heath Junior School
The James Oglethorpe Primary School
Towers Federation – Towers Infant
Towers Federation – Towers Junior

Instead of driving for the school run, parents and pupils would be encouraged to leave their cars at home and walk or cycle, where possible.

If additional money is approved, a further 39 Havering schools could also have School Streets.

A consultation has been launched, with residents encouraged to get in touch and have their say on the plans.

Councillor Osman Dervish, Havering Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “As we continue to recover from the pandemic, it’s an opportunity to introduce a scheme that will also help to reduce pollution caused from engines running and improve the community’s overall health and wellbeing.

“We want to see an end to cars causing pollution and safety issues in streets around the school gates. Instead, we’re encouraging children and parents to walk or cycle to school to help improve safety and congestion outside schools.”

Councillor Osman Dervish (credit: Havering Council)

Residents living in the affected streets will still be able to access the roads and be able to register for an exemption to the scheme so they are not at risk of a penalty.

Anyone else trying to access the road during the restricted times, which could be up to an hour and a half in the morning and again in the afternoon, will be subject to a fine.

If given the go-ahead, School Streets would initially run for nine months and a decision on whether the scheme would become permanent will be made following the trial.

Cllr Dervish added: “We really want to hear from residents, so please complete the questionnaire to help us make the best decisions to ensure a safer school run.”

The consultation runs until Sunday, 9 August 2020. You can take part here.

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