A supermarket is offering parents a space at their car park in a bid to reduce pollution at a nearby school.

Morrisons is allowing mums and dads to park up in specially-designated spaces at its Chingford store, before walking around half a mile to Chingford Hall Primary School.

The arrangement, known as Park and Stride scheme is designed to cut down on traffic outside schools and boost children’s exercise levels.

Waltham Forest Council deputy leader, Clyde Loakes, said: “The new Park and Stride project means that parents do not have to drive to the school gates when dropping kids off or picking them up.

“It means that the area around the school is safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and the air around the school is much cleaner with fewer harmful particles hurting little lungs.

“Each family who joins it makes the area that little bit safer and cleaner. I know we all want to make every effort to protect the health and safety of our children.”

The designated Park and Stride bays will be available to use during school term times from 7am to 9am in the mornings and 3pm to 4pm in the afternoons.