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New travel plan for Harnham schools
MORE children should be scooting, cycling and walking to school in Harnham as the junior and infant schools join forces to produce a colourful new travel plan.
The schools hope their attractive new leaflet will further boost the number of youngsters who make their way to and from school under their own steam.
The leaflet features a map of suggested routes, parking restrictions in surrounding roads as well as paintings by the children and quotes what they think about walking and cycling to their lessons. It was funded by Salisbury City and Wiltshire councils. It also has advice on the “park and stride” scheme and walking buses.
Infant school headteacher Suzanne Clarke said the updated plan was drawn up a joint committee led by governor Pam Rouquette. Mrs Clarke said it was partly a response to an extension of the catchment area, with more of the 255 infants coming from East Harnham.
She said: “Parking near our school is such a nightmare and we are encouraging people to use cars less. A lot of our children already walk to school. The new leaflet is a handy, pocket size.”
Mrs Clarke said the schools were built in the 1960s when it was less common for both parents to be rushing off to work. Luke Coles, headteacher of Harnham Junior School said: “I’m hoping the leaflet and plan will continue to bolster the proportion of children who ride or walk to school. We encourage those who live further away to walk or ride some of the way to school.”
Mr Coles said the junior school, which has 320 pupils, keeps up communication with neighbours about how to sort out congestion and parking. There are already restrictions on access up Saxon Road to the schools, along with ramps in Folkestone Road and parking restrictions to aid parents using Old Blandford Road, he said.
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