Air pollution is our residents’ number one concern, and the adverse impacts of pollution disproportionately affect young people. That is why tackling pollution around our schools is a top priority for Westminster City Council.
On this page, you can find out more about two of our key policies to help improve air quality around our schools. Here you will find details of our £1m schools’ air quality fund, and an easy to use checklist to highlight easy ways for schools to get involved and do their bit to tackle pollution.
You can also find out more about our wider work on improving air quality across the city on our air pollution webpages.
Every education establishment (with the age ranges of 5 to 18 years old) will be provided with an Air Quality Audit. Once the report is complete, you will have an opportunity to action the recommendations with financial assistance from the School Clean Air Fund and other funding streams identified with the support of City of Westminster.
Schools will be contacted directly in the new term by WSP who are facilitating the audits. Up to 30 schools per term are (September to December 2019, January to April, and May to July 2020) to be audited and will be contacted in alphabetical order.
For further information about this programme please contact the Road Safety Officer by emailing: Askhighways@westminster.gov.uk.
From September 2019 until August 2020, the air quality outside each school site will be monitored with diffusion tube testing according to DEFRA guidance.
This will help support the programme and provide a broader picture of what air quality is like throughout an academic year.
In May 2018 we announced £1m of funding over four years to help Westminster’s primary schools tackle air pollution.
The steps to accessing the Clean Air Fund are as follows:
Your Air Quality Audit:
Accessing the Schools’ Clean Air Fund:
Schools can apply for funds after they have completed an air quality audit and received the report.
Local authority schools, free schools and academies can apply for up to £10,000 each, and private schools can apply for up to £5,000. The money can be spent on building and highway improvements outside school and green infrastructure.
There will also be further news on how businesses can support schools through sponsorships.
To get you started, we have created a short list of potential project ideas.
We want to make it as easy as possible for our schools to identify and implement action on air quality. So we’ve put together a simple checklist to get you started.
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