Council teams support Clean Air Day

20 June 2019

Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting this year’s Clean Air Day to highlight how we can all make a difference to air quality in the borough.

On top of offering free Park & Ride travel in Chester throughout the day, the Council’s Road Safety and Regulatory Services teams have been out and about spreading the message to schools.

Clean Air Day organisers ask us all to do our bit to clean up the air around us as we approach the longest day of the year.

The Council’s Road Safety team is encouraging parents and carers to reduce the number of vehicles outside schools by walking more.  A giant ‘walking bus’ took place at Hoole C of E Primary School in Chester as part of national road safety charity Brake’s Kids Walk campaign this month.  Children, teachers, road safety officers and PCSOs joined in the event to promote walking to school.

Fewer cars around schools means cleaner air.  An animation promoting this message has been produced and can be viewed on the Council’s YouTube channel.

If you do have to drive, park away from the school and avoid engine idling. The Council’s Breath of Fresh Air campaign was launched earlier this month. Turning a vehicle’s engine off while stationary protects the health of people in their cars and on the pavement.  Find out more on the Council’s website.

Regulatory Services officers visited schools during the peak school-run hours today to speak to parents and carers in vehicles to help spread the word - engine idling affects the health of all of us as well as the environment.  

The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “Clean Air Day is the perfect opportunity to promote walking to school to cut down pollution at the school gates and also to make the school run safer for children.   It’s a great way to keep children active too and they arrive at school energised and keen to learn.

“Parents and carers, please talk to other parents at your child’s school to co-ordinate the school run.  Car sharing or a walking bus often reduces traffic at the school gate by 30 per cent – resulting in cleaner air.

“We can all do our bit to make our difference to air quality in the borough.  Please be aware of the effects engine idling has on your health, the health of people around you and the environment.  If you’re parked up, please switch your engine off.”

Ros Flanders, Headteacher at Hoole C of E Primary said: “Today’s activities have been very successful and it has been extremely productive to work in partnership with the Cheshire West & Chester Road Safety team. 

“I am proud of the activities our Junior Safety Officers have undertaken to improve parking in the area around our school.  I look forward to continuing to address safe travel to school and reducing emissions.”

Clean Air Day is organised by the national charity, Global Action Plan. Their website has a wide range of resources and toolkits to help communities, schools and workplaces to improve air quality. The Council’s Low Emission Strategy to tackle air pollution in the borough was launched last autumn.  It includes details of the Council’s plans to install charging points for electric vehicles across the borough to encourage the use of low emission vehicles.

Regulatory Services officers Jim and Nathan

Kids walk group photo

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