Three new ‘school streets’ launch in Enfield to help keep kids safe

The borough now has 17 road safety schemes outside schools

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Rick Jewell, visits Houndsfield Primary School to see their School Street in operation
Councillor Rick Jewell visits Houndsfield Primary School to see the new ‘school street’ in operation

Enfield Council has launched a further three ‘school streets’ at primary schools in the borough to improve road safety for children.

The schemes involve closing roads outside school entrances during arrival and departure times for children and have the added benefit of reducing their exposure to air pollution from car traffic.

The borough’s latest school streets were launched last week at Houndsfield Primary School in Edmonton, Hazelwood Primary School in Palmers Green and Wilbury Primary School, near North Middlesex Hospital.

The first school streets in Enfield were introduced in 2020 and the latest batch of schemes bring the total to 17. They also aim to encourage more Enfield pupils to walk, cycle and scoot to school safely.

Rick Jewell, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “I am pleased the council has added a further three school streets, where they are needed the most in the borough.

“School streets help create a safe environment for primary school children travelling to and from school, so they are a very welcome addition.

“We will continue to communicate and work closely with parents and the schools involved by communicating with them, along with nearby residents as we progress the schemes in the near future.

“We continue to make the roads near school gates safer and less polluted for our children, by fighting climate change in our borough.”

The new school streets are enforced by automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras, but residents living within the zones are eligible for an exemption from the restrictions.

Two more school streets are now set to be implemented shortly outside St James’ CofE Primary School in Enfield Highway and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Ponders End.

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