Safer streets around schools

Posted on 10/06/2020 by Calderdale Council


Streets around Calderdale schools are set to become safer, healthier and more pleasant for everyone.

Calderdale Council is working with schools to encourage more active ways for children and young people to get to and from school, such as walking and cycling.

From Monday 15 June, roads outside 14 Calderdale schools will be closed to cars and other motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times. No vehicles will be allowed on certain streets at these times for up to six weeks, as the Council is using its powers to transform the streets into temporary pedestrian and cycle zones. There will be controlled access for residents’ vehicles, deliveries, emergency and utility vehicles.

The new restrictions are part of the national School Streets(external link) community-based approach, aiming to reduce car usage and air pollution, promote walking and cycling and boost road safety, health and wellbeing.

This supports the Council’s ongoing work to tackle the climate emergency, improve air quality and become the most active borough in the North by 2024 through the Active Calderdale movement.

Introducing traffic restrictions around schools at busy drop-off and pick-up times has been a long-standing plan for the Council, and was successfully trialled at Field Lane Primary School in Rastrick to support Clean Air Day in June 2019. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought forward the rollout as part of the recovery and rebuilding to ensure a safe future for everyone, including safe education, safe transport and safe spaces.

Everyone, including those travelling to and from school, is urged to keep a safe two-metre distance from other people, to protect each other and help reduce the spread of the virus.

Cllr Scott Patient, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, said:

“We are determined to give Calderdale’s children and young people the best possible start in life. A key part of this is to protect them from dangerous air pollution and help families to make healthy and sustainable travel choices. Recently we have enjoyed the many benefits of fewer vehicles on our roads. The School Streets scheme will encourage a healthier lifestyle and create a safer, cleaner and more pleasant environment for everyone.


“As the coronavirus will be with us for some time, building a safe future remains paramount. Our School Streets will support social distancing rules, safe spaces, safe transport and a safe education.”

Parents, carers and nearby residents and businesses are being contacted directly about the new restrictions. There will be signs in place on site and school staff will be there to provide information, engage with people and ensure compliance with the rules, taking social distancing into account.

The effectiveness of School Streets will be monitored and the feedback will inform future rollout decisions.

These are the 14 schools where the new restrictions will apply as of Monday 15 June, from Monday to Friday on the following roads and at the following times:

  • Abbey Park Academy, Illingworth – Keighley Close, 8.15am – 9.15am and 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Beech Hill School, Halifax – Mount Pleasant Avenue, 8.20am – 9.05am and 2.40pm – 3.25pm
  • Bradshaw Primary School, Halifax – Ingham Lane, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • Field Lane Primary School, Rastrick – Burnsall Road, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.40pm
  • Northowram Primary School, Northowram – Baxter Lane, 8.30am – 9.15am and 3pm – 3.45pm
  • Riverside Junior School, Hebden Bridge – Holme Street, 8am – 9.15am and 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • St Augustine’s CE (VA) J and I School, Halifax – driveway closed 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • St Chad’s CE Primary Academy, Brighouse – Finkil Street, 8.15am – 9am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Halifax – Portland Road, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.45pm
  • St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Academy, Todmorden – Wellington Road, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • St Malachy’s Catholic Primary School, Illingworth – Furness Place, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.30pm – 3.15pm
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Halifax – Swires Road, 8.45am – 9.30am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm
  • Wainstalls School, Halifax – Wainstalls Road, 8.30am – 9.10am and 3pm – 3.40pm
  • Withinfields Primary School, Southowram – Withinfields, 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm

Improving air quality, protecting the borough’s distinctive environment and making it more resilient is fundamental to the Vision2024 for Calderdale.

For more information about School Streets, visit link) To find out more about Active Calderdale, head to and follow @ActiveCdale on Twitter


North and East Blog – Communications and updating you on the Coronavirus

The North and East Blog will carry on bringing updates to you as and when they become available. We have taken all the necessary steps to keep you informed on essential updates whilst remaining safe.

The team can still be contacted by email or our other online communication pathways as usual. It may be however that the phone will not always be picked up, as some of us have chosen to work from home.

If you need to contact a specific member of the team by phone, it may be worth requesting that person to provide you with a best contact number.

Again, we will monitor the situation and continue updating you.

Best wishes, The North and East Blog Team

Over 50s Luncheon Club cancelled until May 14 – Coronavirus Announcement

Please be advised that the “Over 50’s Luncheon Club” is now closed until May 14th, and this re startup date is subject to confirmation depending on the situation regarding coronavirus.

For further information contact Maurice Kidney by email on or call 01422 343483.

Men United – Cancelled until further notice

We have received word that due to current affairs, Men United at Ovenden Park will cease to operate until further notice. The group thank you for your understanding in these difficult times and updates will be provided as and when necessary.

Pellon Luncheon Club Every Thursday 12:30 – 2 courses for only £4

The Pellon Luncheon Club meets every Thursday at 12:30 at the Pellon Baptist Church hall and places are available. It is open to anyone over 60.

If you fancy coming over for some home made food and a good chat, you will be made most welcome!

We offer 2 courses for only £4 per person. Our menu is varied and different each week. And of course, tea and coffee to finish with!

We meet at Pellon Baptist Church Hall, Spring Hall Lane, Pellon, Halifax.

To book a place to contact Norma on 01422 839861

We look forward to seeing you!

High Five Newsletter January 2020: We need your help!

High Five! The over 50s club at Pellon celebrates 9 years of offering valuable resources to people aged 50+ in and around Pellon. Now it’s asking you for your help to continue with its services. They are looking for active, driven committee members to take the initiative and drive High Five forward.

If interested, please contact High Five! for more information.

Read the full newsletter here: High Five January 2020 Newsletter

Find out about how the organisation has progressed this far, news, events and classes timetables.

Contact High Five:
tel: 07960 736 937

The Great British Spring Clean – North East Halifax Needs You!

 The Great British Spring Clean is on its way from Friday 20th March to Monday 13th April 2020 across the UK. Calderdale Council and Keep Britain Tidy are calling on you, our #LitterHeroes, to take action.

This year Calderdale Council want to support as many local groups and individuals as possible. We hope that collecting a record amount of litter will improve the environment on your doorstep by joining the country’s biggest mass-participation environmental campaign.

We couldn’t do The Great British Spring Clean without people like you committing to taking part – you are helping to make a real difference in your local community by getting people to think about the amount of litter in our environment. Once someone has been on a litter pick, it’s very hard for them to not notice litter everywhere they go; we want litter picking to be the norm!

The Great British Spring Clean is aiming to inspire over half a million people to join forces across the country to collect and safely dispose of litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.

It doesn’t matter if this is your first time hosting a litter pick or your one hundredth, we want #LitterHeroes across the country to stand together to declare that litter is unacceptable.

If you would like to host or attend a Clean-Up then please get in touch and Calderdale can provide Equipment, Bags (from Keep Britain Tidy) and collect all litter after the event.

Clean-ups will take place from 20 March – 13 April 2020 and we already have some events in the diary so please get in touch ASAP to get booked in.

For information, please contact:

Amy Powell-Bevan, Volunteer Co-ordinator (Monday to Wednesday)
Safer Cleaner Greener
Directorate for Public Services, Spring Hall Mansion, Huddersfield Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 0AQ
Tel: 07734 974024