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Pupils try and solve school run parking problems with heartfelt letter

The Argus: Pupils try and solve school run parking problems with heartfelt letter Pupils try and solve school run parking problems with heartfelt letter

Youngsters at a Hangleton infant school have taken it upon themselves to try and solve the thorny problem of parents parking.

The six and seven-year-olds at Hangleton Community Infant School have come up with their own letter to send to parents, teachers and nearby residents.

In it they say they “don't like people being unhappy” adding they want the adults to “smile” when driving to and from school.

The hand-written letter, addressed from Alice, Joel, Lilith, Joseph N, Ivy, Lilia, Phillip, Mia, Oliver, Keira, Oscar, Liam, reads: “We found that lots of people get cross about where people park their cars when it's time to bring children to collect them.

“We don't like people being unhappy so we want to make all our friends and neighbours smile by helping people to make good choices when driving to and from school.”

Parking has long been a problem around the school with parents leaving cars across drives, on grass verges and blocking the road.

More than 400 of the letters were printed and delivered to the surrounding streets including Summerdale Road, Poplar Avenue, Northease Drive and Dale View.

The letters reads: “These are some of the ways you could help us: If you live close to school maybe you could walk. It's really good for you.

“If you need to come by car then please don't park across driveways. People need to be able to leave their houses and they can't get out.

“If you can leave your house/work with plenty of time to find a proper parking space, please try to park in the road so that pavements are safe to walk on and grass verges stay looking tidy.

“Thank you for reading our letter we wish you happy school runs.”

Speaking to The Argus, Lilth, six, said: “There used to be lots of adults getting angry so we decided to do the letter.”

Joel, seven, added: “We came up with two sentences each and then showed it to our teacher.”

Mia, six, said that they received letters from neighbours praising both their action and also their handwriting.

Oliver, six, added: “We hope the message gets out to lots of people so they stop parking in people's driveways. I think it is a good idea and something other schools should try.”

Melanie Collins, senior teaching assistant at the school, said she was “very proud” of the youngsters.

She said: “The parking has been an issue for a while and they wanted to do something about it.

“They came up with the letter over a number of weeks and the local community has taken it on board.”

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7:21am Wed 2 Apr 14

fatso says...

As someone who lives nearby the parking by parents is atrocious. they park across drives , on corners and on pavements obscuring the view off other users who cannot see what is coming at junctions. It is a local school so there is no need for parents to drive. Use those 2 things at the bottom of your torso. They are called legs and a bit of walking will actually do your and your kids good.
As someone who lives nearby the parking by parents is atrocious. they park across drives , on corners and on pavements obscuring the view off other users who cannot see what is coming at junctions. It is a local school so there is no need for parents to drive. Use those 2 things at the bottom of your torso. They are called legs and a bit of walking will actually do your and your kids good. fatso
  • Score: 27

9:04am Wed 2 Apr 14

Fight_Back says...

fatso wrote:
As someone who lives nearby the parking by parents is atrocious. they park across drives , on corners and on pavements obscuring the view off other users who cannot see what is coming at junctions. It is a local school so there is no need for parents to drive. Use those 2 things at the bottom of your torso. They are called legs and a bit of walking will actually do your and your kids good.
As someone else that lives a stones throw from the school it never ceases to amaze me how utterly lazy some of the parents ( mostly overweight mothers in 4x4s ) are. The junction between Northease Drive, Poplar Avenue, Northease Gardens and Park Rise is chaos each morning and afternoon. All for the sake of walking a few extra yards from the bottom of Park Rise which has TONNES of free space at those times. Lazy, selfish parents.
[quote][p][bold]fatso[/bold] wrote: As someone who lives nearby the parking by parents is atrocious. they park across drives , on corners and on pavements obscuring the view off other users who cannot see what is coming at junctions. It is a local school so there is no need for parents to drive. Use those 2 things at the bottom of your torso. They are called legs and a bit of walking will actually do your and your kids good.[/p][/quote]As someone else that lives a stones throw from the school it never ceases to amaze me how utterly lazy some of the parents ( mostly overweight mothers in 4x4s ) are. The junction between Northease Drive, Poplar Avenue, Northease Gardens and Park Rise is chaos each morning and afternoon. All for the sake of walking a few extra yards from the bottom of Park Rise which has TONNES of free space at those times. Lazy, selfish parents. Fight_Back
  • Score: 11

9:49am Wed 2 Apr 14

Gribbet says...

Well put, there's hope for the future after all.
Well put, there's hope for the future after all. Gribbet
  • Score: 0

10:10am Wed 2 Apr 14

cleggandbacon says...

fatso wrote:
As someone who lives nearby the parking by parents is atrocious. they park across drives , on corners and on pavements obscuring the view off other users who cannot see what is coming at junctions. It is a local school so there is no need for parents to drive. Use those 2 things at the bottom of your torso. They are called legs and a bit of walking will actually do your and your kids good.
Blame the authorities. They turn blind eyes to what is going on instead of issuing "on the spot" fixed penalty notices to offenders.
[quote][p][bold]fatso[/bold] wrote: As someone who lives nearby the parking by parents is atrocious. they park across drives , on corners and on pavements obscuring the view off other users who cannot see what is coming at junctions. It is a local school so there is no need for parents to drive. Use those 2 things at the bottom of your torso. They are called legs and a bit of walking will actually do your and your kids good.[/p][/quote]Blame the authorities. They turn blind eyes to what is going on instead of issuing "on the spot" fixed penalty notices to offenders. cleggandbacon
  • Score: 3

1:14pm Wed 2 Apr 14

DisillusionedBtowner says...

How lovely, it's nice to read something positive on here for a change :)
How lovely, it's nice to read something positive on here for a change :) DisillusionedBtowner
  • Score: 4

2:25pm Wed 2 Apr 14

derekhunt says...

cleggandbacon wrote:
fatso wrote: As someone who lives nearby the parking by parents is atrocious. they park across drives , on corners and on pavements obscuring the view off other users who cannot see what is coming at junctions. It is a local school so there is no need for parents to drive. Use those 2 things at the bottom of your torso. They are called legs and a bit of walking will actually do your and your kids good.
Blame the authorities. They turn blind eyes to what is going on instead of issuing "on the spot" fixed penalty notices to offenders.
No. It's the parents' fault. I'm afraid you can't blame ''the authorities'' for everything
[quote][p][bold]cleggandbacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fatso[/bold] wrote: As someone who lives nearby the parking by parents is atrocious. they park across drives , on corners and on pavements obscuring the view off other users who cannot see what is coming at junctions. It is a local school so there is no need for parents to drive. Use those 2 things at the bottom of your torso. They are called legs and a bit of walking will actually do your and your kids good.[/p][/quote]Blame the authorities. They turn blind eyes to what is going on instead of issuing "on the spot" fixed penalty notices to offenders.[/p][/quote]No. It's the parents' fault. I'm afraid you can't blame ''the authorities'' for everything derekhunt
  • Score: 10

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