Harold Hill mother launches petition to ban smoking outside primary schools
PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 December 2016 | UPDATED: 16:31 06 December 2016
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A mother of three has launched a petition to ban smoking in front of primary school gates.
Jaimie Maskell started the petition after feeling frustrated to see groups of parents smoking in front of Broadford primary school gates in Faringdon Avenue, Harold Hill.
She is now calling on the government to implement a smoke-free zone in front of all primary schools.
Mrs Maskell said: “My husband smokes but he doesn’t smoke in the house. I don’t have an issue with people, who smoke because everybody has their own right but I don’t see why I should have to take my four-year-old through a cloud of smoke to go to school every single day.”
This comes after Scotland implemented a smoking ban in cars carrying anyone under the age of 18 on Monday following from new legislation in England and Wales.
Executive headteacher at Broadford school Malcolm Drakes said the issue only concerned about two per cent of parents.
Mr Drakes added smoking is forbidden on school grounds and two members of staff are on gate duty every morning to remind parents, who are smoking to move further along the fence.
“The area outside the school gate is a public space and we are not in a position to enforce a non-smoking zone.
“We have spoken to the parent ourselves and raised these points. We have spoken about a ‘reasonable’ level of response to what is a minor issue,” he said.
The petition was launched last week and has already gathered more than 100 signatures.