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Stopping pollution at the school gates

Updated December 2018

Sheffielder Graham Turnbull started a petition on the 38 Degrees campaign website, to protect children from traffic and air pollution. It simply asks Sheffield Council to close roads at school entrances to motorised traffic during school opening and closing times. Hundreds signed it within the first weeks. It was delivered to Jack Scott, the Cabinet Member for Transport and Development, at a meeting of Sheffield City Council on 5th December.

Sheffield has a clean air strategy supposedly taking action on poor air quality, but many schools are in areas of high pollution (some over legal limits). Even air quality in classrooms can be poor. The results are respiratory illnesses like asthma, and reduced lung capacity for life. 20mph speed limits and anti-idling initiatives are not enough. Edinburgh, Southwark, Hackney and Solihull have already got schemes like this to encourage non-motorised travel to school.

Every bit of pressure keeps the politicians focussed on health in our communities, where change is desperately needed.

School Streets for Sheffield petition

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