Post letters: Barking Riverside cycleway, secondary school starters, teachers and microchipping cats

PUBLISHED: 12:30 07 July 2019

An artist's impression of new Barking Riverside cyle way. Picture: TfL

An artist's impression of new Barking Riverside cyle way. Picture: TfL


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

Cycling should be part of all new developments

James Caller, Dagenham, writes:

Fantastic to see cycling is being incorporated into the Barking Riverside development to link the town centre (Cycling upgrades between Barking Riverside and town centre planned).

Boroughs on the outskirts of the capital are leading the way in improving cycling provision and Barking and Dagenham has a big part to play in this too.

Developers should be challenged to factor in cycling and walking friendly routes as part of planning applications for new developments.

I'm not one of these cyclists who are anti-cars or vans but we cannot carry on increasing the levels of traffic on our roads.

Cycleways like the 7km route proposed for Barking Riverside should be welcomed and encouraged. They help boost activity and health for those using them, while reducing the reliance on cars for simple, local journeys.

Pressure of school change

Lauren Seager Smith , CEO, Kidscape, writes:

As schools approach the end of the summer term, thousands of children across the country will be preparing to move from primary to secondary school.

This should be an exciting time, but recent research shows the pressure facing children making the transition is greater than ever.

Over a third (40 per cent) of 11-year-olds feel anxious about starting secondary school in September and 40pc say that bullying is their main concern.

It's obvious there is the need to do more for children as they make the move, which is why we are launching our RISE workshops, in partnership with West Ham and Bassett and Gold. Delivered across England and Wales, the workshops help children to manage change, make friends, and stand up against bullying.

Anxiety can stop children from getting the good start they need and have a devastating impact on their educational attainment. It is vital children are fully equipped to move up to secondary school with confidence and go on to reach their full potential. For more information about RISE visit

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Inspirational teachers

Dr Leonard Restall B Ed, M Ed (Hons), New Zealand, formerly from Barking, writes:

The nationwide award given to two teachers is a wonderful achievement for both Ann Armstrong from All Saints School Dagenham and Simon Aledo from Rush Green Primary School.

The award is given for their inspiration shown towards their students. This is a quality that rubs off on others and will bring out the best in most students, and is something all teachers should aspire to.

Some glorious words of commendation have been given to these two teachers by their peer group showing the value that these two have in their schools. For Ann, who changed to become a teacher is described as a bastion of resilience and integrity who strongly maintains principles and attitudes. This is a wonderful quality to have and demonstrate to young students.

Simon's was inspired by his former headteacher and, therefore, gained insight into the effects inspiration can have. He was forever seeking to expand the horizons of his students and with his inspiration was making excellent progress.

Inspiration can have a great effect upon personal attitudes and it is recognised that a change of attitude often precedes gain in achievement.

Maybe the saying "Success comes from 90 per cent of inspiration and 10pc from perspiration" has a measure of truth in it. Well done!

Campaign to microchip cats

Jacqui Cuff, head of advocacy and government relations, Cats Protection, writes:

As the UK's largest cat charity, Cats Protection has been marking National Microchipping Month by renewing our calls for compulsory microchipping of owned cats.

Cats and dogs are both much-loved pets by owners across the UK. Yet currently, microchipping is only compulsory for dogs, and we believe this should also apply to cats, so they have the same level of protection.

Microchipping is a safe, permanent and cost-effective method of identification which ensures cats can be reunited with their owner should they go missing and that lost cats are not mistaken as strays by rehoming charities.

It also ensures owners can be notified if their cat has been injured or killed in a road accident.

Cats Protection will continue campaigning on this important issue, and readers can keep updated by visiting:

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