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A greener and safer street for Covent Garden primary school children

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A group of school children and teachers as well as a Westminster councillor are outside standing together and smiling to the camera at the launch of the a new small park

Published: 24 February 2022

Westminster City Council, working in partnership with Northbank BID and FM Conway, has installed a new parklet outside St Clement Danes Primary School, Drury Lane.

The parklet is the first to be installed outside a Westminster school. It follows recent work by the council to widen the pavement at the junctions of Drury Lane and Kean Street, and Drury Lane and Tavistock Street, to make the area around the school safer for pedestrians. The works were completed in November 2021.

The parklet provides attractive new greenery and flowers for the street - which is tucked away just yards from the bustling Covent Garden market - as well as a bench to allow passers-by to pause and enjoy the surroundings.

A launch event was held on Wednesday 23 February 2022, attended by children and teachers from St Clement Danes School, local councillors Mark Shearer and Louise Hyams, and representatives from FM Conway, Northbank BID, and the Cross River Partnership.

Speaking at the launch event, Cllr Mark Shearer said:

I’m so pleased to launch this amazing new parklet outside St Clement Danes school, here in the heart of the West End.

This is all part of Westminster City Council’s plan to create greener and safer environments around our schools for the benefit of children and parents.

More information

  • Westminster City Council is working with local schools to produce School Travel Plans, to make journeys to school safer and improve air quality for children.
  • The council previously conducted air quality audits around schools to test the level of pollution in the air. In response, the council launched the Schools Clean Air Fund, to help primary schools implement the recommendations of the audit reports.
  • Westminster Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and aims to create a carbon neutral Westminster by 2040. Read the full Climate Emergency action plan.