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School run parents urged to use nearby car parks
A NEW ‘park and stride’ initiative has been launched to keep children safe on their way to school.
Parents dropping their children at Belmont Infant School or neighbouring Belmont CE Junior School, in Belmont, Durham City, can now use car parks at B&Q, the Sportsmans Arms pub and Belmont Library.
It is hoped the scheme will cut congestion around the busy Buckinghamshire Road campus, which is also home to Belmont Community School.
It has been set up with the help of national charity Living Streets.
Emma Roffe, acting head at the junior school, said: “Walking to school is an easy way to build some physical activity into a child’s day and set healthy habits for the future.
“The pupils enjoy it and are more alert and attentive in their lessons.
“We’re aware that for some families walking all the way to school may not be practical, so we’re delighted to be launching our park and stride parking points.
“It means less traffic congestion around the school so it’s much safer and children can still walk part of the way.”
Shruti Jain, from Living Streets, said: “It’s great that local businesses are supporting the park and stride scheme which will benefit the whole community.
“One in five cars on the road at peak times is on the school run, so encouraging walking not only makes local streets safer for children to walk to school, but reduces pollution levels and traffic levels in the local community.”
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