Mum bans daugh­ter from join­ing in park clean-up

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

“Jas­min’s got ex­ams com­ing up and I think she should be in school rather than hav­ing a day out and do­ing this sort of thing. I know a few other par­ents have stopped their chil­dren tak­ing part in this clean up as well.”

The teenager will now be tak­ing part in the en­rich­ment day by help­ing out at a nurs­ery.

Head teacher at the school, Les­ley El­lis, said that full risk as­sess­ments have been com­pleted and that stu­dents will be wear­ing pro­tec­tive gloves and us­ing lit­ter pick­ers.

She said: “Some stu­dents are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Clean Up Kent Cam­paign which in­volves spend­ing about one-and-a-half hours help­ing to clean up Vic­to­ria Park.

Cit­i­zen­ship is a com­pul­sory part of the cur­ricu­lum. All ac­tiv­i­ties we do have been fully risk as­sessed by both the school and Clean Up Kent.”

Van­dal­ism and dam­age to the park’s play­ground equip­ment has been high­lighted in re­cent weeks by our Clean Vic­to­ria cam­paign, which calls on Ash­ford coun­cil to im­prove con­di­tions in the park’s two pop­u­lar chil­dren’s play ar­eas.

Jonathan Martin, the Ash­ford Sea Cadet who fell to his death from a train­ing ship

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Les­ley El­lis

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