On June 5 the Oldham Council will start piloting a School Street at St Anne’s Primary School, Royton.
The “School Streets Scheme” schools enables children and parents to walk, cycle or wheel to and from school, reducing air pollution, congestion, and problem parking.
As part of the scheme certain roads around the schools will be opened to people walking, cycling or wheeling (eg scooters) only. School streets are in operation at drop off and pick up, during term times. Only those with a permit, including residents and businesses, will be able to get access. The restriction won’t apply to emergency vehicles, blue badge holders or essential deliveries.
Those dropping off or picking up pupils will not be able to drive into the closed streets, but can still park further away from school, if they need to, and walk the last part of the journey. A ‘hands up’ survey held in the school found on average 125 cars are being driven to the school twice a day, even though the majority of pupils live within 0.68 miles. successfully introduced across the country.
When the scheme goes love at St Anne’s primary School Oldham council will continue to work with a number of other schools, with more schemes set to go live over the coming months.
Letters have also been sent to properties on the affected roads.