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Closing roads around schools
On July 25, 2018

Campaign as hard as you like for active travel to school and cleaner air in playgrounds, parents won’t let their children cycle if it’s dangerous for them to do so. Who would have thought it.

All the touchy-feely stuff has been tried at Bessemer Grange Primary School but somehow it doesn’t seem to work. Someone somewhere has drawn the obvious conclusion. They are going to close the road.

From September 10th for 14 weeks, Nairne Grove will be closed to motors from 2.30 – 4 pm. This will be enforced (oh wow) with “physical barriers”. I don’t know what the world is coming to. If it all works OK the closure will be extended to the beginning, as well as the end, of the day. This is because the barriers have to be manned by a member of staff. Closure times could vary from day to day depending on staffing.

The letter to parents says: “Parents are asked to consider travelling to school using active travel or public transport. If it is necessary to drive to school please consider using appropriate local parking provision and then walking to the school site. The council and the school believes that this experiment will improve road safety and air quality as well as encourage pupils and parents to travel sustainably to school, which should make for a more pleasant local environment for everyone”

This is in danger of becoming a habit. The road outside the new Bellenden Primary School is closed all the time during term time. The parental right to drive your child to the school gate is being seriously disrespected.


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