School street consultations
What is a School Street Scheme?
A School Street Scheme is where a road with a school temporarily closes to become a pedestrian and cycle zone during the school’s opening and closing times. By temporarily closing roads outside schools this will help to reduce congestion and pollution at the school gates as well as make it easier and safer for children to get to and from school.
Why are we introducing School Streets?
Many of Islington’s schools are located in or near areas of poor air quality. A study by the Mayor of London found 33 Islington primary schools were located in areas above the recommended threshold for nitrogen dioxide, one of the main pollutants.
School Street consultations
Islington Council is planning to introduce a number of School Street Schemes to improve air quality around schools and to create a safer, more pleasant environment for everyone. For more information on the consultations click on the links below.
Islington Council is working hard to improve air quality, and around half of Islington’s air pollution is caused by road traffic. For more information on our other air quality work please visit the air quality webpage.
Air quality refers to the air around us, how clean it is and how many pollutants (harmful chemicals or substances) it contains. The more pollutants the air contains the more air pollution there is and the worse the air quality is. Children are one of the groups particularly vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution.
increases the risk of many respiratory and cardiovascular diseases
reduces the lung development of children
is also increasingly being linked to a range of other conditions like bladder cancer, diabetes, dementia and birth defects.