�25,000 cash boost for green schools

FIVE schools in Times Territory have been given a share of more than �25,000 Government cash in order to promote sustainable travel among their students. The money, which has been awarded under the Department for Transport's

FIVE schools in Times Territory have been given a share of more than �25,000 Government cash in order to promote sustainable travel among their students.

The money, which has been awarded under the Department for Transport's Travelling to School Initiative, will be spent on projects which help to reduce the use of cars, such as bike shelters and walking buses.

Our Lady Catholic Primary School, in Woodhall Lane, WGC, was given �5,145 and The Ryde School, in Pleasant Rise, Hatfield, was awarded �4,935.

Both schools plan to use the cash to build new bike shelters, to encourage more students to cycle to school.


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Another Hatfield school, Countess Anne, received �5,065. The money will go towards cycle sheds, a new walking bus scheme and the creation of two large banners, designed by pupils, that encourages people to walk to school instead of driving.

Further afield, Cuffley School will put some of their �5,990 share of the cash towards increasing parking spaces on the school grounds, so staff don't have to park in the road in front of the school, as well as getting new bike shelters.

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And Ponsbourne St Mary's School, in Newgate Street Village, collected �4,175, which will go towards new bike racks and a shelter for parents waiting to pick up their children from school.

County councillor Stuart Pile, executive member for highways and transport, said: "By setting up various innovative, sustainable travel initiatives, these schools are playing an important part in reducing congestion and pollution around the school gates, as well as encouraging students to be fitter and healthier.

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