School working to cut congestion

SIR – On behalf of the Governors of Almond Hill School, I feel compelled to write to inform residents in Almonds Lane, Headingley Close, Trafford Close and, of course, Rectory Lane of our hard work in trying to alleviate the congestion problems associated

SIR - On behalf of the Governors of Almond Hill School, I feel compelled to write to inform residents in Almonds Lane, Headingley Close, Trafford Close and, of course, Rectory Lane of our hard work in trying to alleviate the congestion problems associated with our school.

Firstly, let us apologise to all residents if our parents are parking inconsiderately near your homes.

The topic of safer and more considerate parking and, more importantly, walking to school and healthier lifestyles has been very high on the school's agenda. In fact, the school's council, attended by children, the headteacher and governors, has been tackling this problem with enthusiasm. The children conducted a survey of parents to ask how they travelled to and from school and how they could improve matters. Children also designed and produced safer parking signs for vehicles and spoke to their parents about how and where they should park if they have to drive. We are in the middle of our walk to school week where everyone is encouraged to walk or cycle to school wherever possible. The response to all these initiatives has been fantastic despite rain and thunderstorms and we have seen a real improvement in the number of cars parked outside the school, particularly at finishing times.

We will continue to work to improve these matters and would like to thank all local residents for their patience and support.


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