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Scarborough Students Raises Awareness About Congestion

Scarborough Students Raises Awareness About Congestion

Published by Karen Liu at 12:47pm 28th February 2020.

Students from three North Yorkshire secondary schools will be encouraging their peers to use more environmentally friendly ways of travelling to and from school after making successful funding pitches in a Dragons’ Den-style event.

The students are all part of the Youth Travel Ambassadors programme being run by North Yorkshire County Council’s sustainable travel team.

Groups from St. Augustine's Catholic School, Scarborough, King James’s in Knaresborough and Skipton Girls’ High School have been working with the team to tackle issues of congestion and air quality at the school gates by developing proposals to encourage more children to walk, cycle or use public transport.

Yesterday (Thursday 27th February), the students successfully pitched their ideas to a panel of “Dragons” comprising the County Council’s Executive Member for Access, Cllr Don Mackenzie, Corporate Director of Business and Environmental Services David Bowe and Health Improvement Manager Ruth Everson. The event took place in the county council chamber in Northallerton.

Following their presentations and deliberations by the panel, each school was successful in securing the maximum funding of £500 to bring their projects to fruition.

NYCC dragon's den

Cllr Mackenzie said:

“We were delighted to hear from young people who are so passionate and determined to make their world a cleaner, safer place.

The County Council is committed to encouraging and facilitating sustainable travel wherever possible, so I am glad we can help these young people realise their ambitions.

I look forward to following the progress of their schemes and I hope they will inspire other schools to consider what they can do to improve the environment and safety around their gates.”

St Augustine’s students are focusing on congestion outside their school and aim to raise awareness by making a video to highlight the dangers, running a school gate banner competition and a campaign on the school website and social media.

Teacher Chris Goode, who is leading the project, said:

“I think they have thoroughly enjoyed today. They have done very well and I’m very proud of them.

It has been great working with North Yorkshire County Council. Seeing the other schools has been great, as well, they’ve got some really creative ideas.

What they have done today is the beginning. They now have to launch their campaign. We want to try to make a difference with parents and youngsters.”

NYCC dragon's den

Youth Travel Ambassadors is part of the County Council’s Open North Yorkshire sustainable travel programme.

It invited students aged 11 to 19 to become advocates for active, safe school travel.




There are 2 comments on this page.

zara, on 28th February 2020 4:19pm
great, more taxpayers money spent on a useless piece of nonsense. Either children will already be walking/cycling to school or they will either have no intention or live too far away to make it practical.
Fileyman, on 28th February 2020 4:36pm
So the council give the schools our money for this scheme.

But hang on, the council are already paying thousands for school buses because these little darlings cannot find another way to get to school.

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