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Bury St Edmunds school St Edmund's Catholic Primary proposes closing part of Westgate Street in bid to improve safety



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A school is applying for its road to be closed during drop-off and pick-up times to make it safer for children and improve air quality.

St Edmund's Catholic Primary School in Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, is seeking to make a short section of the road pedestrian only for a limited period in the morning and the afternoon during term time only.

This week the school's executive headteacher Maria Kemble sent letters to parents and local residents about the proposal, which aims to reduce the amount of traffic in the street to make it safer to cycle, scoot or walk to school, as well as improve the air and environment and reduce inconsiderate parking.

St Edmund's Catholic Primary School in Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds (57239027)
St Edmund's Catholic Primary School in Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds (57239027)

The 'School Streets' initiative has already been introduced successfully in parts of London and Cambridge, said Mrs Kemble in the letter to parents.

She said the closure would mean vehicles - except residents and for emergency and disabled access - would not be able to drive along Westgate Street from the junction of College Street to Guildhall Street and would not be able to turn into Westgate Street from Whiting Street from 8.15am to 9am and 3pm to 3.45pm.

Any vehicles that need to move would have to do so at walking pace.

Temporary barriers would be used to close the road each day and it would supervised by school staff or volunteers.

Maria Kemble, executive head of St Edmund's Catholic Primary Picture Mark Westley
Maria Kemble, executive head of St Edmund's Catholic Primary Picture Mark Westley

Mrs Kemble told parents in the letter: "This will mean parking further away from the school and walking the final part of the journey.

"I know this will mean we will all have to compromise slightly in getting to school. I hope you will support this initiative as it will have positive impacts for the air quality around the school and make it safer for those cycling or walking. This will be of benefit to your child and our neighbours."

She said it would also enable the school to play its part in the long-term sustainability of the planet and support the work of the Diocese Environmental group.

The school is proposing to close part of Westgate Street in the morning and afternoon during term time as part of the School Streets initiative (57239031)
The school is proposing to close part of Westgate Street in the morning and afternoon during term time as part of the School Streets initiative (57239031)

The proposal comes after a travel survey with parents last term, which identified distance as a barrier for some in terms of sustainable travel to school and also raised the danger of traffic along the street as an issue.

Mrs Kemble said in the letter: "Unfortunately, we cannot solve the problem of distance to be travelled but we can help to reduce the amount of traffic in Westgate Street when your child is coming to school.

"This would make it safer to cycle, scoot or walk and also improve the air quality and impact on the environment. Our neighbours would also be pleased that there is less inconsiderate parking. We would all benefit from this."

The school is welcoming feedback on the proposal by Monday, June 20.