Overrun

PUBLISHED: 11:09 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

SIR, — I cannot believe that I am the only resident of Abbey Mill Lane, south of the Abbey archway in St Albans, who has reached the point of despair concerning the use of this lane as a running track by St Albans School. At this time of year, presumably

SIR, - I cannot believe that I am the only resident of Abbey Mill Lane, south of the Abbey archway in St Albans, who has reached the point of despair concerning the use of this lane as a running track by St Albans School.

At this time of year, presumably because their own extensive grassed grounds are too wet and muddy, the PE teachers bring their groups of boys out into the lane on two or more occasions each week, around 4 to 5pm, for sprinting sessions up the hill.

Quite apart from the noise intrusion - comprised of shouts from the boys and whistle blasts from the teachers - I wonder if parents are aware of the considerable risk to which the staff are exposing their children? Traffic speeds down this road are excessive and lighting is poor. The lane is not a running track but it may well become the scene of a quite avoidable tragedy.

Is it not enough that the school continues its programme of building and land/property acquisition, and causes daily traffic chaos around Romeland with illegally-parked parents' cars and coaches at the beginning and end of the day, without further abusing its neighbours' rights?

I have written to the Master of St Albans School on two occasions in recent months concerning this matter and predictably, perhaps, have received no reply. I have also dared, with some trepidation, to confront PE teachers during their noisy and intrusive running sessions and have been met with shrugs and incomprehension.

So much, perhaps, for the benefits of a classical education and the respect for fellow-people that supposedly accompanies it.

A. WHISTON,

Orchard Street, Abbey Mill Lane, St Albans.

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