New anti-idling banners up at three Wokingham schools


Wokingham Borough Council’s work to improve air quality received a boost this week as new anti-idling banners were put up outside three of its schools.

Pupils at Wescott Infants, Westende Junior and All Saints CoE Primary School, all in Wokingham town, drew up the eye-catching designs. They remind drivers that they should switch off their car engines outside schools, particularly at drop-off and pick-up times.

The winning artworks were created by Aidan from Wescott Infant School, Kimmy from All Saints CE Aided Primary School and Nursery and Ella from Westende Junior School.

Andy Glencross, assistant director for highways at Wokingham Borough Council, said: “Thank you so much to all the children who worked so hard on these brilliant designs to help reduce air pollution around the borough and especially when parked near a school.

“Children especially need protection from this to ensure they grow and develop healthily, which is why it’s vital that we target schools as part of our wider efforts to reduce idling wherever we can. We urge drivers to be mindful of this every time they make a vehicle journey.”

The scheme was supported through the council’s My Journey Wokingham team, which undertakes a range of initiatives to encourage and promote healthy and environmentally alternatives to travelling by car including active methods and using public transport.

Intelligent Health works with MyJourney Wokingham and delivered the recent Beat the Street Wokingham game. The initiative, which was funded by DEFRA, took place across Wokingham town centre, Woosehill and Finchampstead over six weeks between 8 June and 20 July 2021 and saw a total of 6,263 participants walked, cycled, wheeled and scooted 151,531 miles.

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