Safe route to Belmont School gets go ahead

Schoolchildren will benefit from safer roads following the approval by the Area Committee to spend £70,000 on improved safety around the school

The school, on Belmont Road, Chiswick, is the latest school to receive funding for the Safer Routes Scheme, which benefits pupils, parents and other local residents.

Safe and Healthy Routes to Schools schemes are intended to encourage parents, carers and children to walk, cycle (dependent on age) and use public transport to go to and from school, rather than use private cars. The scheme consists of physical measures around the school to assist pedestrian and cycle movement as well as road safety training for children to educate them in the health and the environmental benefits to the area around the school.

The measures approved by the area committee include installing new dropped kerbs, traffic islands and traffic calming and the widening and resurfacing of footways. New signs and markings will inform other road users of the need to take care. Following discussion at the area committee, further improvements could also include additional pedestrian crossing facilities, to benefit local residents as well as school children.

Pupils at Belmont were fully involved in the designing of the safety measures, having used a model of their school and local area to pinpoint particular problem areas. The most common problems highlighted centred on the position of the school on an ‘island’ with almost every pupil attending the school need to cross at least on road, a problem which has been targeted with the new plans.

Cllr Peter Thompson, local ward councillor and Chair of the Chiswick Planning Committee which approved the plans, said, “ I am delighted that local councillors on the Chiswick Area Committee were able to support Belmont School’s Safe Route to School proposals. This package will help to improve road safety, reduce traffic congestion and, by encouraging pupils to walk and cycle to school, improve children's health and physical and social development. Creating a safer, more healthy environment around Belmont School will benefit the whole local community of Chiswick!.”

June 2, 2003

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