Crouch End air quality: Pollution now so bad lollipop lady buys gas mask

Ham & High report... Air pollution outside of a Crouch End primary school is so bad that the lollipop lady who helps children cross the road has bought a gas mask.

Stood on the roadside outside Coleridge Primary School each morning and evening, Velina Mladenova is on the front line of the battle – and fed up with suffering through the pollution, she bought a mask.

She told the Broadway: “I bought it a month or two ago. It’s just made a huge difference to my health.

“It’s so bad here. I wish I had done it sooner.”

On Monday evening at Haringey Civic Centre, the council voted through a motion from Crouch End’s Cllr Tammy Palmer (Lib Dem) citing air quality around Coleridge.

Haringey will now produce a report on implementing “school streets” – where cars are banned – and no-idling zones near schools.

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