Council finds support to close Brighton and Hove school roads to cars Brighton News

A SCHEME to encourage more children to walk and cycle to and from school is backed by eight in ten people, one council has said.

A consultation held last autumn asked people for their views on proposed road restrictions outside six primary schools in Brighton and Hove during pick-up and drop-off times.

It received 740 responses from parents and guardians, school communities and people living near the projects.

The schools involved in the first year of the School Streets program are Downs Infant School, Downs Junior School, Hove Junior School (Portland Road site), Queen’s Park Primary School, St Mary’s Roman Catholic (RC) Primary School and Westdene Primary School.

Sarah Clayton, Director of St Mary’s RC, said: ‘I am delighted that we will soon have school streets here in St Mary’s and I am delighted with the partnership we have with the council to achieve this.

“I know from speaking with parents, carers and local residents that they share the concerns I have about cars coming in and out of Vale Gardens and I’m sure it will make the journey to the safer and more enjoyable school for everyone.

“I really hope this will encourage more members of our school community to change the way they travel to St Mary’s. Walking, cycling and scootering have many benefits, not only for our health and well-being, but also for our climate.

In September, members of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) Committee approved plans to implement a city-wide school streets scheme, in the goal of offering six programs a year.

The program aimed to create more space for safer journeys to and from school by reallocating road space during drop-off and pick-up times.

Timed restrictions mean cars cannot access roads around schools, making streets safer for those walking and cycling.

Councilor Steve Davis, Co-Chair of the Environment, Transportation and Sustainability Committees, said, “It’s great to see school streets sprawling across the city and I can’t wait to see them in operation.

“The consultation and engagement we have conducted shows that we have the support of the local community to put in place programs that benefit children as well as wider communities.”

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