A PILOT scheme to reduce air pollution improve road safety outside a Denbighshire school could come into force at other locations in the county.

Denbighshire County Council's School Streets project saw a temporary road closure outside Ysgol Llywelyn, Rhyl during school opening and closing times for eight days in March and April.

During the closure, a survey was carried out on air quality from stopping vehicles idling outside the school, as well as safety around the site.

It affected junctions on Trellywelyn Road, Grosvenor Avenue, Thornley Avenue, Weaver Avenue, Westminster Avenue and Handsworth Crescent, with access maintained for Blue Badge holders and residents who live within the affected area.

Following the eight days, the pilot received overall positive feedback from residents and pupils' parents.

One said: "So many people park on the pavement for drop offs, some right outside the gates too. It's hard to still distance from others outside school, especially when people have prams/strollers to get through.

"It was welcome to not have all the car fumes around the gates whilst the closures were on."

Another commented: "So nice to have less traffic around the school. It has encouraged me to change to walking my daughter to school. Noticeably less pollution, and it feels safer."

A third responded: "Closing the roads made me feel that my child was much safer walking to and from school"

A fourth said: "Thank you for considering the options on this unsafe part of the road during drop off and pick up."

Brian Jones, Denbighshire's cabinet member for waste, transport and the environment, said: “We are grateful to parents, local residents and business for giving valuable feedback on the School Streets project at Ysgol Llywelyn.

"It has been good to hear positive views on the safety and well-being improvement for the children and also the impact on reducing air pollution and carbon emissions around the school site.”

“Improving safety measures around schools for our young people and reducing carbon emissions are a priority for the council and this is one of a number of projects that can help you achieve this.

"I’d like to thank parents and nearby residents for their understanding during this pilot scheme.”