MPs told not to build schools near roads

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Over 60,000 children attend schools in the Netherlands which are within 300 metres of a motorway or within 50 metres of a major road. Super-fine particles from vehicle exhaust fumes constitute a major risk to their health.

The Asthma Fund is handing over a petition to MPs in The Hague today, which calls for no new schools to be built close to major highways. The organisation says 275 of the country’s 9,000 primary schools are too close to a motorway and 72 too close to a major road.

Local authorities have already received advice from various bodies telling them not to build schools too close to roads. “But councils can ignore that advice and choose to take a chance with the health of school children,” says Asthma Fund director Michael Rutgers. “The present rules allow them to do this.”

He wants MPs to pass legislation making it illegal to build schools too close to roads.

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