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SCHOOL STREETS: Successful safety scheme rolled out permanently at Pinner school 

 Published on: 2nd February 2022   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A school in Pinner will continue to benefit from safer streets after a scheme from Harrow Council was made permanent.

Grimsdyke School was previously selected as one of the schools included in the School Streets Scheme when it was implemented in September 2020.

Introduced to ensure greater safety for parents, pupils and staff near schools by prohibiting motor vehicles at the start and end of the school day.

Now, with the 18-month trial complete, members of Harrow Council’s cabinet have decided to make the scheme permanent after noticing an increase in active travel.

Councillor Varsha Parmar, portfolio holder for environment and climate, said the council are delighted to see some of the schemes continue.

She said: “This decision follows extensive engagement with residents and the school communities – we’ve listened to local residents and made improvements to the schemes, adding more signage and moving to permanent Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.”

Councillor Graham Henson, Leader of the council, said the schemes are about improving road safety for children across the borough.

He said: “During the pandemic, we’ve removed Streetspace trials that did not work as intended, and today we’ve made permanent those trials that are working well. 

“We consulted widely and have listened to residents, and the schools about the schemes. Children’s feedback was positive and spoke about feeling safer when crossing the road and being able to scoot, walk or cycle to school. They welcomed the impact the School Street is having on their well-being.”

Further information about the School Street schemes can be found at www.harrow.gov.uk/schoolstreets

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