ENVIRONMENT: Schools cash in on alternative travel

PARENTS are being encouraged to abandon using their cars for the school run, through an new initiative costing thousands of pounds.

PARENTS are being encouraged to abandon using their cars for the school run, through an new initiative costing thousands of pounds.A total of 16 Peterborough schools have been handed 82,000 to spend

on convincing mums, dads and carers to leave their car keys at home.

Each school has worked with staff, parents, pupils, governors and residents to develop a plan to make walking, cycling and catching the bus easier and safer.

The money, from the Government's Travelling to School initiative, will be used to build and implement a range of ideas, from shelters where parents can wait for their children out of the rain, to cycle storage for youngsters to leave their bikes.

A number of the schools are also planning to install CCTV to keep an eye on the youngsters as they make their way to school.

Stephen Jenkins, headteacher of Eyrescroft Primary School, in Bretton, said: "We take children from all over Peterborough – some travel a long distance and they will probably still come in by car, but we're looking to encourage the mid-distance people to come by bike.

"The bike racks we already have are full for both staff and children, so we want to put in extra ones and also have them covered by CCTV.

"The city council has been extremely helpful putting the travel plan together."

Dogsthorpe Junior School, in Central Avenue, plans to install a waiting shelter for parents and a cycle storage area with its cash.

Sheila Chapman, who co-ordinated the school's travel plan, said: "We are hoping to buy the shelter which will provide cover when it's raining and also double up as an outdoor classroom for the children.

Jamie Adams, a teacher at Werrington Primary School, in Amberley Slope, Werrington, said: "It's a health boost and will hopefully reduce the number of cars outside the school, which has been a problem for the neighbourhood."

Beth Hiblin, school travel plan co-ordinator for Peterborough City Council, said: "The schools have worked worked really hard and deserve a reward for tackling school-run congestion head on. "

Mayor of Peterborough John Horrell will officially hand over the cash at a reception in the town hall, in Bridge Street, on Thursday.

Where and how the money will be spent

THE 82,000 has been awarded to:

>>Abbotsmede Primary School, in Kingsley Road, Eastgate – 5,150 – parent waiting shelter.

>>Barnack Primary School, in Barnack, near Stamford – 4,390 – cycle storage.

>>Braybrook Primary School, in Braybrook, Orton Goldhay – 4,650 – electric gate/CCTV.

>>Castor Primary School, in Stocks Hill, Castor, near Peterborough – 4,405 – cycle storage and lockers.

>>Dogsthorpe Infant School, in Central Avenue, Dogsthorpe – 5,015 – pathway, CCTV, cycle helmet storage.

>>Dogsthorpe Junior School, in Central Avenue, Dogsthorpe – 5,240 – cycle storage, parent waiting shelter.

>>Eye Primary, in Eyebury Road, Eye, near Peterborough – 5,275 – cycle storage.

>>Eyrescroft Primary School, in Eyrescroft, Bretton – 5,670 – CCTV, cycle racks, signage, gate.

>>Gunthorpe Primary School,

in The Pentlands, Gunthorpe – 5,190 – reopening pedestrian access on Gunthorpe Road.

>>Highlees Primary School, in Ashton Road, Westwood – 5,015 – helmet storage, signage.

>>Marshfields School, in Eastern Close, Dogsthorpe – 5,790 – cycle storage.

>>Nene Valley School, in Sugar Way, Woodston – 4,180 – cycle and scooter storage, cycle helmet storage.

>>Newark Hill Primary School, in Eastfield Road – 5,815 – revamped pedestrian and cycle entrance.

>>Orton Wistow School, in

Wistow Way, Orton Wistow – 5,330 – cycle storage and maintenance shed.

>>Riverside Key Stage 2 Centre – 5,080 – cycle storage and maintenance shed.

>>Werrington Primary School, in Amberley Slope, Werrington – 5,840 – cycle storage or parent waiting shelter.