Brent schools back ‘No Idling’ campaign

School children in Brent are spearheading a new campaign designed to reduce vehicle emissions outside schools in the borough.

Pupils and teachers from John Keble Church of England Primary School in Harlesden have today launched a campaign aimed at reducing harmful emissions created by vehicle idling around the school grounds - writes brent.gov.uk.

With the help of a campaign toolkit created by Brent Council, schools in the borough can develop their own campaigns to help reduce air pollution near their grounds.

Alice Wright, John Keble’s Healthy Schools Officer and PSHE leader, said:

“Air quality is a key issue in London at the moment and John Keble Church of England School is delighted to launch his project to try and ensure a safer environment for our children. This is a particularly pertinent issue for us as our playground, like many other schools, is right next to a congested main road.”

The children, teachers and parents of the school will be establishing a ‘No Idling Zone’. This zone is an area where all vehicle owners are asked to turn their engines off whilst they wait.

Councillor Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Environment, attended the launch at John Keble Primary School and said:

“It was fantastic to meet the pupils and teachers at John Keble this morning and hear about all the different things they are doing to reduce the number of car pollution and improve air quality.

“We all have a part to play when it comes to improving the quality of air we breathe and there are things each of us can do to help. Our schools are the right place to start because children are particularly at risk of harm. But whether you're driving to school, hospital or to the shops, please turn off your engine and do your bit to make Brent a cleaner place."

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