Enfield Council set to increase School Streets schemes

Enfield Council is set to increase the number of School Streets it will implement in the future.

The council aims to roll out two schemes every year and turn some of the 12 temporary projects introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic into long-term initiatives.

Speaking at a meeting of the environment forum this week, Enfield Council’s healthy streets director Richard Eason said the authority was “ramping up” its ambitions on school streets, having already rolled out 14 projects, reports the Enfield Independent.

He said the authority had a commitment to deliver two per year but wanted to roll out a ‘handful’ more this year.

The council hopes to make the temporary school streets introduced during the pandemic into permanent schemes where appropriate, Mr Eason added. Ultimately, it aims to bring the measures forward at every school that is interested.

Shadow cabinet member for environment Cllr Lindsay Rawlings (Conservative, Town) asked if there had been any problems with the school streets measures that had already been rolled out, said the report.

Mr Eason said the council had been gathering feedback from residents and schools and was looking to produce a report that would recommend which of the schemes should be made permanent. He told the meeting the information would be available by the autumn.

These may include widening footways, adding rain gardens and other initiatives designed to calm traffic and prevent parking on the zig-zag lines close to school gates, he explained.


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