Walk to school and leave your car at home

Clear message from Coatbridge High pupils

Clean air banner Coatbridge High December 2019

An eye catching banner encouraging pupils to walk to school and help reduce air pollution will be on display outside Coatbridge High School.

The banner was designed by Abigail Gill in a competition run as part of a Clean Air Day event in the summer when pupils learned about the importance of improving air quality.

Cars idling when parked outside the school contributes to air pollution so the banner asks pupils to walk to and from school, reducing the traffic in the local area.

Our Environmental Health team presented the banner to Abigail, now in S2, to display outside the school.

"Clean Air Day is a good opportunity to highlight the importance of air quality and the impact of our daily actions on the air we breathe," explains Fiona Maguire, Senior Environmental Health Officer.

"The pupils were very responsive to the messages and, by carrying out roadside emissions tests, they could see for themselves the impact of increased traffic flow on air quality.

"So their message, shown in Abigail's design, is very clear - walk to school if you can, and if you have to drive, turn off your engines when you're parked at the school."

The council has an Air Quality Action Plan is place to tackle the issue across North Lanarkshire, including pledges to improve air quality in the Air Quality Management Areas at Chapelhall, Coatbridge, Croy and Motherwell.

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