Extinction Rebellion Take On School Streets

Closing roads around Putney Primary schools

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Residents in West Putney may have found the roads were not as they remembered them on Monday (29 June) around school run times.

Members of Extinction Rebellion Wandsworth have taken action to close off are Charlwood Road (at the junction with Hotham) and Clarendon Drive (at the junction of Gamlem) in the morning and early evening and plan to continue to do this over the next few weeks.

On member told this website,"It's impossible for parents and children to properly socially distance when they are forced onto the narrow pavements all the time by vehicles going down these roads. This was agreed in advance with the heads of Hotham and OLOV schools who were extremely supportive of this action. We also informed residents in advance that they will still be able to get their cars in/out and staff/customers at the EL clinic and RSPCA will also still get access."

Wandsworth resident David Smith who runs Little Ninja UK, and campaigns for better air quality applauded the efforts of the group telling PutneySW15: "When the Headteacher at Albemarle Primary School took up Wandsworth Council's Back to School Offer 'to block traffic outside any school that requires it for social distancing during drop off and pick up', we never imagined it would inspire action at so many other schools. It's great to see local Extinction Rebellion members using their road blocking skills to ensure children, parents and residents have room for social distancing outside schools. Let's hope the council respond quickly and have school streets in place at all schools before children return to school in September."

We have asked Wandsworth Council to comment.

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June 30, 2020

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