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School to close its road to traffic for national Clean Air Day

Published on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Clean Air Day at Catherine Junioe School

CHILDREN at a Leicester school will be taking their classroom activities out onto a traffic-free street as part of national Clean Air Day.

Catherine Junior School, in Belgrave, is working with the city council, with support from walking and cycling charities Sustrans and Living streets, to close the road outside the school and to let pupils enjoy classes and other activities outdoors on a traffic-free street.

Brandon Street will be closed to traffic on Thursday 20 June from around 8am until 5pm.

Pupils, parents and school staff will be encouraged to walk, cycle, scoot or skate to school and leave the car at home.

The whole school will be able to use the closed street for a morning yoga session to warm up for the day, open air classes and playtimes in the street.

A special event for pupils, families, staff and residents in the street will be held at the end of the school day with more fun activities – including street cricket, kabaddi, rickshaw rides and pedal-powered smoothie making.

There will also be a range of information stalls giving information and advice on walking and cycling, offering free check-ups for people’s bikes and highlighting some of the problems with school run parking.

Jennie Nurse, headteacher at Catherine Junior School, said: “Our children are very passionate about the environment and we do a lot of work around various environmental issues. Clean Air Day is a chance for the children to demonstrate their knowledge and passion and hopefully persuade the local community and the parents to think before they park and try alternative ways of coming to school other than driving.”

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on environment and transportation, said: “Clean Air Day is a good opportunity to inject some fun into the serious issues around air quality and help encourage more children and parents to think about the link between their day-to-day journeys and air pollution.

“Closing the road outside a local school is a very effective way of showing the difference that leaving the car at home can make.  It’s something that we can all do to cut pollution at the schools gates and help improve air quality and road safety for all our children.”

This is the second year that a Leicester school has closed the road outside its gates for Clean Air Day. Last year Glebelands Primary, in Beaumont Leys, was the first school in Leicester to take part in the national event in this way.

National Clean Air Day is organised by environmental charity Global Action Plan as a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.