Strong community support for new School Streets schemes

More than three quarters of people who responded to consultations on six new School Street schools support the principle of the measures.

That’s according to the results of feedback we received on road restrictions designed to improve the safety and health of children, parents, carers, teachers and school staff. The consultations also found most people supported the design of each scheme. 

As well as improving safety, School Streets can help to improve air quality outside schools and encourage children, parents, carers and the school community to travel more actively and sustainably.

Walking, cycling or scooting can help better both physical and mental health.

School communities and local residents were asked to give us their comments on the proposals for:

  • Aldrington Primary
  • Balfour Primary
  • Hangleton Primary 
  • Hertford Infant    
  • St. Nicolas Primary
  • Stanford Junior

The results of the six week consultation can be found below

School Streets consultation results
School Supportive of principal   Supportive of scheme design   No. responses
  Yes No Yes No  
Aldrington Primary 87.7% 10.1% 85.5% 13.8% 138
Balfour Primary 72% 19.8% 73.1% 21.9% 344
Hangleton Primary 72.1% 22.1% 69.5% 27.3% 154
Hertford Infant 75.5% 19.4% 74.5% 21.4% 98
St Nicolas Primary 76.5% 12.3% 61% 28% 82
Stanford Junior 81% 9.5% 77.4% 11.9% 84

Find out more information about School Streets in Brighton & Hove.

Work beginning soon

Preparation is underway to implement four of the six new schemes.

The scheme design at St Nicolas Primary has been postponed for a future programme year so that the closures proposed can be most effective. The existing School Street at St. Nicolas Primary will remain in place.

The scheme at Balfour Primary is currently undergoing further redesign with a target of August for implementation.

Safer journeys to school

Councillor Steve Davis, Co-Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee said: “The School Street consultations have shown again there is fantastic support for these schemes.

“More and more schools across the city are wanting to get on board with School Streets which means a safer, more pleasant journey to the classroom for thousands of children in Brighton & Hove.

“We’re in a climate emergency and must do more to encourage everyone to travel actively and sustainably wherever possible. School Streets means more opportunity to walk, cycle and scoot for everyone.”  

“To see so many of these successful and well-liked schemes being implemented gives me a real sense of achievement ”

School Streets in Brighton & Hove

Working in partnership with the schools, School Streets create more space for safer journeys to and from school by reallocating road space during drop-off and pick up times. 

Legally enforced timed restrictions enforce the School Streets ‘closure’, preventing access to the roads around schools to vehicles. This allows for a safer space for walking, cycling and scooting while also reducing the number of cars parked or idling outside school gates, thereby improving safety and reducing congestion at peak times.

Residents continue to have access to their properties during the timed restrictions as do emergency services, Blue Badge holders, doctors or care visitors, people who have a business premises on the street and contracted school transport.

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