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Newham primary schools receive funding from mayor to help make them greener

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 May 2018

Keir Hardie Primary School. Picture: Google

Keir Hardie Primary School. Picture: Google

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Two Newham schools are receiving funding to implement measures to tackle air pollution, following audits assessing how environmentally friendly they are.

Salisbury Primary School. Picture: GoogleSalisbury Primary School. Picture: Google

Keir Hardie Primary in Canning Town and Salisbury Primary in Manor Park will receive £10,000 starter grants to help bring in the audits’ recommendations.

The reports were commissioned by London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, and were conducted in 50 schools in 23 of the most polluted areas in London.

Unmesh Desai, London Assembly Member for City and East, said: “It is wholly unacceptable that children in Newham are subjected to dangerous levels of air pollution, especially while at school.

“I am delighted that Salisbury Primary School and Keir Hardie Primary School in Newham have been awarded a share of £1 million by the Mayor to put these measures in place.

“It is important that we encourage parents to play their part in tackling engine idling around school premises, by leaving their cars in the driveway and walking their children to school instead.”

There were three key recommendations for Salisbury Primary, where half of the pupils walk, cycle or scoot to school. These included planting hedges in Romford Road, to protect users of the football pitch. The pitch is the school’s most exposed area, and hedges would act as a buffer from the traffic.

Relocating the bus stop in High Street North was recommended to prevent people from crossing the road where there’s no pedestrian crossing, and relocating the day care centre play area, another exposed part of the site, would help reduce air pollution for users of the play area.

At Keir Hardie Primary, it was noted that the scooter and cycle storage space was almost always overfilled. A large number of pupils walk along the A13 to get to school, and a rooftop playground near the busy road was also a concern for air pollution.

Sadiq Khan said: “I’m doing everything in my power to protect children in London from air pollution. It is a national health crisis that is putting the health of children at risk.

“City Hall are offering funding to the 50 audited schools - as well as other schools and nurseries located in high-pollution areas - to help them make immediate changes.”

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