Funding available to support walk to school in Ashford

Primary schools in Ashford are being encouraged to sign up to a green campaign to tackle pollution levels in the town.

Cllr Jessamy Blanford with Buster Bug

Cllr Jessamy Blanford with Buster Bug

The air pollution team at Ashford Borough Council is offering grant support to enable schools to join an initiative that will both cut school run traffic movements and also earn schools credit with Ofsted.

The award winning initiative is led by the charity department at the Kentish Express which has supported green travel schemes at primary schools in the county for more than a decade. Last academic year the campaign removed 218,000 school run car journeys from Kent roads but Simon Dolby from the KM Charity Team believes much more can be done in the Ashford area.

He said: “We have been making great strides with our work but know that so much more can be done in Ashford. Thanks to support of Ashford Borough Council we now have a financial incentive to encourage schools to sign up. I would urge school management team or governors to contact me to find out more.”

Cllr Jessamy Blanford, portfolio holder for the environment at Ashford Borough Council, said: “We all know how chaotic it can be outside the school gates each day and we encourage those schools who haven’t yet signed up to the initiative to do so and in doing so help to promote not just a healthier atmosphere but a healthier lifestyle for the children taking part.”

The KM Charity Team operate four green travel schemes; walking bus, Walk on Wednesday, Active Bug and Green Footsteps. Grant funding is currently available to support Active Bug and Greenfootsteps at selected schools in the borough.

Last year the KM Charity Team were awarded a fourth national Green Apple environment award. To find out more about the green travel initiatives view www.kmwalktoschool.co.uk or call 0844 264 0291 (Lo-Call).