Parents’ fury as cars are banned from Waterlooville school site

Personally I think its a shame that pupil parent vehicles are not banned from the roads outside of this school too.

With three schools alongside each other the number of vehicles clogging up this road twice each day is beyond a joke. On occasions the tailback caused by these vehicles reaches down Frendstaple Road and almost back to the Hulbert road roundabout.

The cars that can’t get into the school sites tend to park all over the show and when turning into St Peter’s Primary School quite often end up staionary with the rear of their vehicle projecting into the road because there are people on the pedestrian way across the entrance.

But parents have started a petition – now with 62 signatures – calling for the ban to be withdrawn.

They say it will lead to parking chaos in surrounding residential streets.

I’ve got news for you folks, it is already chaotic in the area.

They are also concerned as children may have to walk for up to a mile in bad weather.

Oh Dear !! The poor little darlings, is that such a hard thing. Perhaps it’s the parents that are worrying about having to abandon their 4x4s and walking as far as a mile.

Back when I was in primary school we regularly walked a mile or more. It was part of the day and was made interesting by my mum or dad walking with me.

Parents’ fury as cars are banned from Waterlooville school site – Education – Portsmouth News.

Good For You Mick

I have long been aware that the supermarket chains are taking the consumer for a ride. Just a few days ago this subject was the focus of one of the breakfast TV shows.

When ever I go shopping and spot an apparent bargain I have to perform the arithmetic equivalent of the olympics to work out exactly what I am paying for. On occasions that 4 pack of baked beans actually works out more expensive per tin than if you bought the individual tins. My wife hates going shopping with me because I take so long. Dawdling she says, but I am not. I am calculating the real value of the items we are buying, making sure we aren’t being ripped off.

Mike Harrington obviously does the same thing.

Mick, 66, of Fort Fareham Road in Fareham, spotted a 200g jar of Nescafe coffee on the shelf of his local Asda for £3.

But right below it and priced at £4 was a 300g jar of the same coffee marked ‘50 per cent free’.

Mick realised that the second jar should cost the same as the first if it really did contain 50 per cent ‘free’.

My theory is that the supermarkets work on the basis that you are inundated with so much information that you miss these little tricks that they pull. Trouble is that Mick and the folks of my generation were taught mental arithmatic at school, we were taught how to calculate on the fly and to “guestimate” so we have an idea of what the proper value should be.

Just look at the crass response Mick received from Asda ….

The pensioner contacted the supermarket’s headquarters. He said: ‘They were putting the blame on Nescafe, saying they set the prices. But I didn’t buy it from Nescafe, I bought it from Asda.

Consumer rights expert Richard Thomson said: ‘This isn’t that unusual. It’s very annoying for shoppers to find an obvious swizz is being run on them.

‘You rarely get a week that goes past where you won’t find there’s been a mistake like this with the prices somewhere, and it’s not just with Asda.

‘There are trading regulations in place which make it an offence to put misleading prices out like that, but the regulatory authorities have tended to let them get away with it as they will say they deal with so many prices a week and it’s not done intentionally.’

And what did Asda say ?

Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, with over 35,000 individually priced products in our stores, honest mistakes can sometimes happen.

Mick causes a stir as row brews over coffee – News – Portsmouth News.