Four schools in Lincoln have been awarded a total of £15,000 to encourage pupils and staff to reduce their carbon footprint.
Sir Robert Pattinson Academy, Priory Witham Academy, St. Hugh’s Catholic Primary School and Manor Leas Infant School have been awarded grants to increase their cycle and scooter storage.
The funding from Lincolnshire County Council has been awarded through Access LN6, a £6.5 million programme to improve sustainable transport in the LN6 area.
Pupils and staff at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy in Hykeham will get a £5,000 grant to extend their existing cycle storage which will have space for 20 more bikes and storage for safety helmets, and Priory Witham Academy in the Boultham area will receive a grant of £1,500 to purchase scooter storage.
Manor Leas Infant School in Hykeham will get both cycle and scooter storage units. The school will receive £3,000 which will be put towards a larger £12,000 project to provide additional lighting and a new school pedestrian gate.
St. Hugh’s Catholic Primary School in Doddington Park, which currently doesn’t have any cycle storage, will be able to purchase new equipment with a grant of £5,000.
Anna Piperissa, Teacher and School Travel Plan co-coordinator at St. Hugh’s Catholic Primary School, said: “This has been an ongoing request by the school council for some time, but we now have the opportunity to make this happen and provide the children with a safe and secure facility in school as well as promoting a healthier lifestyle.”
William Webb, Executive Councillor for Highways and Transportation at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We anticipate that more children, parents and staff will walk, cycle and scoot to school as a result.”
— Note: an earlier version of this story quoted the total grant sum at £20,000. The actual grant total is £15,000, due to amendments to the grants received by individual schools. The changes have been reflected throughout the article.