Newham

Healthy School Streets

Our Healthy School Streets programme aims to improve the street environment outside schools across the Borough. 

We want to make sure that children breathe cleaner air, are safe from cars near the school gates and choose to walk and cycle to school. This will help us create active and healthy enviroments near our schools.

What is the Healthy School Streets programme?

The Healthy School Streets programme proposes a series of interventions outside of schools to improve air quality, and encourage more families to make journeys to school on foot or by bike.

In August 2019, we installed air quality monitoring devices outside 96 schools in the Borough to monitor levels of air pollution and to determine which schools are impacted the most. We are working with local schools to consider how we can improve the street environment outside their school.

This could include:
  • ​​Improving footways and pedestrian crossings
  • Placing drop kerbs at desirable crossing locations
  • Improving cycle routes and cycle facilities
  • Introducing timed road closures near school entrances at pick-up and drop-off times
  • Providing more planted areas near schools
  • Installing green planted screens to shield school entrances or playgrounds from emissions
  • Setting up a ‘walking bus’ programme where local children walk together to school, accompanied by a responsible adult.

 
 

Why are Healthy School Streets being proposed?

The purpose of our Healthy School Streets programme is to:
  • ​Improve local air quality near the school
  • Make it safer and easier to walk or cycle to school
  • Encourage children, parents and carers to have an active journey to school
  • Make it safer for school children to cross the road with less cars parked or waiting and obstructing visability
  • Make the street environment outside of schools more attractive 
  • Reduce  traffic on the road and improve traffic flows 
  • Make it easier for local residents who drive to enter and exit their street  


 
 

Which schools are included in the Pilot of the Healthy Schools Streets Programme?

Four of the schools were identified through the London Mayor’s Air Quality Audits as located in areas which exceeded EU guide pollution limits.

The other schools were identified as having significantly high traffic and driver behaviours conflicts/issues. 

The list of schools included in the pilot scheme are listed below:
  • ​Chobham Academy
  • Woodgrange Infants School
  • Godwin Junior School
  • West Ham cofe Primary School
  • Roman Road Primary School
  • Salisbury Primary School
  • Keir Hardy Primary School
  • Carpenters
  • Lathom Junior School.
The schools included in the pilot have been selected in response to:
  • The outcomes of the Mayor of London's School Air Quality Audit which indicates that pollution levels near the school exceed the EU guide limit, and/or;
  • complaints by residents, and known traffic and driver behaviour issues near the school 

 
 

Timed access control

Lathom Junior School

From Monday 2 December a section of Lathom Road (between High Street North and Keppel Road) and a section of Keppel Road (between Lathom Road and Clements Road) will become a pedestrian and cycle only zone at school drop-off and pick-up times. This is between 8 - 9am and 3 - 4pm, Monday to Friday during term time only. This means that there will be less cars driving near the school as only residents who live on these streets, Blue Badge holders and emergency services will be able to drive here during these times.

To find out if you are eligible for an exemption and to apply check our Healthy School Streets Scheme FAQs.

To find out if you are eligible for an exemption and to apply check our Healthy School Streets Scheme FAQs​ (PDF)
It will be safer to walk and cycle to school, cross the road and with less traffic in the area children will breathe cl
eaner air.
Healthy School Street plan - Lathom Junior School (PDF)

West Ham Church Primary School

From Monday 2 December St Lucia Drive will become a pedestrian and cycle only zone at school drop-off and pick-up times. This is between 8.30 - 9.30am and 3 - 4pm, Monday to Friday during term time only. This means that there will be less cars driving near the school as only residents who live on this street, Blue Badge holders and emergency services will be able to drive here during these times.

To find out if you are eligible for an exemption and to apply check our Healthy School Streets Scheme FAQs.

To find out if you are eligible for an exemption and to apply check our Healthy School Streets Scheme FAQs​ (PDF)

It will be safer to walk and cycle to school, cross the road and with less traffic in the area children will breathe cleaner air.

Healthy School Street plan - West Ham Church Primary School ​(PDF)

Woodgrange Infa​nt School and Godwin Junior School

From Monday 11 November sections of Sebert Road, Cranmer Road and Godwin Road will become a pedestrian and cycle only zone at school drop-off and pick-up times. This is between 8.30 - 9.30am and 3 - 4pm, Monday to Friday during term time only. This means that there will be less cars driving near the schools as only residents who live on these streets, Blue Badge holders and emergency services will be able to drive here during these times.
To find out if you are eligible for an exemption and to apply check our Healthy School Streets Scheme FAQs​​ (PDF)
It will be safer to walk and cycle to school, cross the road and with less traffic in the area children will breathe cleaner air.

Chobham Academy

From Monday 11 November Cheering Lane will become a pedestrian and cycle only zone at school drop-off and pick-up times. This is between 8 - 9am and 2.30 - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday during term time only. This means that there will be less cars driving near the school as only residents who live on this street, or access the residents’ car park, Blue Badge holders and emergency services will be able to drive here during these times.To find out if you are eligible for an exemption and to apply check our ​Healthy School Streets Scheme FAQs​​ (PDF)​

It will be safer to walk and cycle to school, cross the road and with less traffic in the area children will breathe cleaner air.
 
 

Which schools will be included in the next phase of the Healthy Schools Streets Programme?

Subject to the outcome of the pilot scheme, we will prioritise schools with the highest pollution levels. 

Schools with significant traffic and driver behaviour issues near the school gates will also be prioritised. 

Please let us know if you are experiencing any issues near your school by emailing us at healthyschoolstreets@newham.gov.uk​   

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