Allow Student Car Parking in Loreto Grammar School Omagh

Allow Student Car Parking in Loreto Grammar School Omagh

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Problem
Many students, Year 13s and 14s at Loreto, every morning are putting themselves at risk finding dangerous and illegal parking spaces, as they are no longer allowed to park within the safe realms of the school grounds. There are no carparks nearby eligible for Loreto student parking, aside from the empty one on the school grounds. As responsible 17 and 18 year olds who have went above and beyond to get their driving license and pay for car insurance, they should have the same commuter rights as staff members who are travelling the same distances to school. The no parking rule is leaving some students late for class as they are parking far away from the school and this is hence impacting on their education. In one instance around 20-30 students had to leave classes or go at lunchtime to move their car to avoid clamping at a customer carpark, where they had no choice but to park. Furthermore, residents in local housing estates are complaining as students have no choice but to leave their cars on their doorstep in fear of missing out on lessons to try and find a better place to park, which would be particularly difficult in morning traffic. It is not fair to tell students “no driving” as many young people don’t live on a bus route and may need to drive to get to the bus stop, they may have always relied on their parents to leave them to school and now when they have a car are expected to do so themselves, have part-time jobs after school or other responsibilities eg. having to collect their siblings from schools or babysitters or they may simply want to cut a long 5pm wait for a lift or an hour’s bus journey home in half. Any student who pays for a car and for insurance as the main driver should have a right to park safely in school. 

Thank you all for listening.

Solution
Students should be allowed to park on school grounds for their own safety and education.

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