Five schools, nurseries and out-of-school clubs in Kirklees are alarmingly close to roads with illegally high air pollution levels.

According to a study by Greenpeace, more than 2,000 schools and child care centres in the UK were sited within 150 metres of road where nitrogen dioxide (NO2) exceeded the legal limit of 40 micrograms or NO2 per cubic metre.

There were five in Kirklees, including two in Huddersfield


  • Moldgreen Community Primary School, Church Street, Moldgreen
  • Ducklings Childcare, School Street, Moldgreen

Ducklings owner Lisa Hannington said: “Children are supposed to have three hours physical play a day, preferably outside.

“We do what we can do (but) most nurseries and schools are in built-up areas.

“A lot of parents chose us so they can walk to work after they’ve dropped their children off.”

Both venues lie within 150 metres of the Wakefield Road dual carriageway where pollution creeps past the limit of 40 micrograms or NO2 per cubic metre.

Also on the list was:

  • Eastborough JIN School, Rockley Street, Dewsbury

  • Dewsbury Sports Centre

Dewsbury Sports Centre
Dewsbury Sports Centre

Both are situated within 150 metres of the polluted Dewsbury ring road.

And just within the Kirklees boundary is Oakenshaw Preschool Playgroup, near Cleckheaton, which is next to the M606 where NO2 levels were recorded at 40.88 micrograms.

Schools and college with high levels

Other schools and colleges next to roads with high levels (greater than 25 micrograms) of NO2 include:

  • Kirklees College, Manchester Road
  • Mount Pleasant Primary School, Mount Street, Lockwood
  • Moorlands Primary School, New Hey Road, Mount
  • Birkby IN School, Blacker Road, Birkby
  • Meltham CE Primary School, Meltham
  • Manor Croft Academy, Old Bank Road, Dewsbury

The Examiner has contact Kirklees Council for comment.