Letter of request/petition to greenwich council
we, the undersigned parents of students of discovery primary school, battery road, se28 thamesmead hereby write to the london borough of greenwich through our local councillor- mr olu babatola requesting the following:
opening and creation of pedestrian walk way along barnham drive (thamesmead central) to link battery road (thamesmead west). provision/installation of appropriate lighting to the created pedestrian walk way
we are requesting the opening/creation of the pedestrian walk way based on the following:
there are over 50 children of varying ages attending discovery primary school and living in thamesmead central area of the borough. sometimes during either the morning or afternoon school run, there are over 20 vehicles making the trip thereby increasing traffic congestion on the surrounding roads and increasing air pollution from fumes emitting from these vehicles and causing further depletion to the ozone layer. although, public transport is available; however, there is no direct bus connection and most times parents with prams/wheelchairs have difficulty accessing these buses due to large numbers of prams at any one time. most morning, when there are spillover effect of traffic congestion on western way (a2016) from plumstead road (a206), the children arrived late at school. Thus, affecting their ability to settle down and concentrate on the day’s school work. we presume the walking distance on the proposed walk way is less than a mile, and if the walk way is done; the daily walking will act as another source of exercise routine for the children. Thus, increasing their level of fitness and subsequently improving their overall health. the creation/opening of the walk way will also significantly improve the health and wellbeing of majority of the residents of the area as they will be able to walk to the local shopping centre; rather than commuting in private cars and increasing the amount of co2 emission in the area. we believe creating the walkway will in the long term reduce the health budget of the council/government/nhs as more residents/children of the area will be walking more from one area of the borough to the other to access local facilities, ie shopping malls, pubs, restaurants, leisure centre’s and will improve the health of individuals with breathing problems as less pollutant will be inhaled from reduced cars on surrounding roads.