Notice of motion – Clean air outside schools
Notice of motion – Clean air outside schools

At the Full Council Meeting on Monday 6th January a Notice of Motion submitted by Lib Dem Councillors Ian Shires and Daniel Barker. This motion was supported by the Walsall Labour Group.

The motion stated that the Conservative Cabinet:

  • Review the work done on No Vehicle Idling Zones by other local authorities across England in order to produce an Action Plan for Walsall on No Vehicle Idling Zones.
  • Implement No Vehicle Idling Zones around all primary schools in the Borough by the end of 2022.
  • Work closely with schools that are part of the scheme to engage with and inform parents and carers of the need for No Vehicle Idling Zones.
  • Encourage all local businesses to sponsor “Green Walls” on school buildings and tree planting near to schools and that the appropriate Cabinet member include this in the Action Plan.
  • Submits a report to the Economy and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee in 2020, 2021 and 2022, setting out progress made on the above points.”

The motion was debated by the council members and the Leader of the Conservative Cabinet Councillor Mike Bird proposed an amendment to the original motion. This motion was then circulated and debated by council members and put to a vote. This vote was carried, therefore the amended motion was put to a vote of council members. The amended motion was then passed unanimously by council members.

The approved amended motion now resolves to request the Economy and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee to set up a Task and Finish Group to:

  • Review the work done on No Vehicle Idling Zones by other local authorities across England in order to produce an Action Plan for Walsall on No Vehicle Idling Zones.
  • Establish whether it is feasible to implement No Vehicle Idling Zones around all primary schools in the Borough by the
    end of 2022.
  • Work closely with schools that are part of the scheme to engage with and inform parents and carers of the need for No
    Vehicle Idling Zones.
  • Encourage all local businesses to sponsor “Green Walls” on school buildings and tree planting near to schools and that the
    appropriate Cabinet member include this in the Action Plan.
  • Encourage local businesses in the vicinity of schools to allow parents to use their car park facilities to park their vehicles and drop off their children, reducing pollution outside the school and the health risk to children.
  • Report to Cabinet on their findings.

 

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