Councillor demands progress on School Streets

3 Nov 2023
Cllr Thomas Janke

Cllr Thomas Janke has written an open letter to the Telford & Wrekin Cabinet Member for Education, expressing his disappointment at lack of progress on the School Streets scheme since its approval two years ago.

The letter highlighted "a concerning lack of progress" since cross party recommendations were put forward, following a motion to Council by Cllr Janke.

"Despite the initial enthusiasm and pledges of support, it seems the programme has not been a priority for the administration," Cllr Janke emphasised.

School Streets involves temporary restriction of motorised traffic roads outside some schools at drop-off and pick-up times. This encourages more parents and children to walk or cycle, and makes the school run healthier and safer for all.  

Cllr Janke highlighted that the scheme has not launched at a single pilot school, since the recommendations. He also criticised the lack of communication on progress.

"Our children's safety and well-being must be our top priority, and the School Streets scheme is specifically designed to address this concern," the letter stated. "It is disheartening not to see meaningful progress on this front."

The letter concludes by urging the Labour administration to reaffirm its commitment to the scheme and take immediate action to bring forward a School Streets pilot as soon as possible.

You can read more about the scheme on the School Streets website.

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