Benefits of the walk to school;Letter

16th July 1999 at 01:00
I WISH to correct a few points in your article about the school run (TES, July 2). Horndean community school has not been "given pound;100,000 by the county council".

Hampshire County Council received a grant for this sum to spend on alleviating the traffic problems in the Horndean area. The school has been working in partnership with the county and SUSTRANS (the charity set up to create the national cycling network) to implement measures to increase the number of pupils who cycle or walk to school.

I felt that you gave a rather a negative perception of Safe Routes to School projects. The benefits of schemes such as that in Horndean, must be emphasised; fitter pupils, the development of social skills, less pollution and greater awareness of environmental issues.

Gwil Williams

Humanities co-ordinator Horndean community school Hampshire

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