London Fields parents call to ban school run drivers

Traffic queuing in Westgate Street, near London Fields Primary School

Traffic queuing in Westgate Street, near London Fields Primary School - Credit: Kylie Barlow

Concerned parents want cars banned outside London Fields Primary School during pick-up and drop-off times after discovering pollution in the surrounding streets breaches the legal limit.

They want to implement a council scheme, already adopted by two Hackney primary schools, that would see parents fined for dropping off their children by car.

St John the Baptist in Hoxton starts a nine-month trial from Monday when Crondall Street will be made a pedestrian and cyclist only zone between 8.30am and 9.15am, and from 3.15pm to 4pm, during term time.

People living there can get in and out of the street by car if the vehicle is registered, but any others that enter the street around the start and end of school days will be caught on camera and fined up to £130.

Tyssen Community in Oldhill Street, Stamford Hill will follow suit in September, and London Fields parents want their school to be next on the list.

Kylie Barlow set up the petition on behalf of other parents after being told by the town hall that nitrogen dioxide levels in Lamb Lane and Westgate Street exceed the EU’s legal limit.

Some studies show there is an increased likelihood of asthma and allergies, damage to brain development and stunted lung growth for life from exposure to pollution.

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“We are really concerned that our children could be harmed,” said Kylie, whose children aged five and six walk to school.

“We hope to come up with other ideas too, because the rest of the time there will be cars going past the school polluting.

“We haven’t had any negative feedback from anyone yet – hopefully they can recognise the positive aspect of it and that their children will have air to breathe. Obviously local people concerned about pollution can sign it too.”

Parents also say the crossing on Westgate Street is dangerous.

See the petition at