Parents protest about closure of gate behind Langley Mill school
PARENTS of pupils at a Derbyshire infant school have protested this morning about the proposed closure of a gate that could mean an extra mile-and-a-half on their journey to lessons.
Plans for the demonstration began when a nearby resident posted a notice on the gate at the rear of Langley Mill C of E Infant School, in Ebenezer Road. It stated that the gate, which leads to the school and two homes, would be padlocked from Monday.
Mum Jennifer Paget, of Langley Mill, said parents were angry about the closure and were anxious to know if the action was legal. She said: "Children have been going into school through the gate for decades and I can't see how it can be stopped just like that."
The gate remained open today and is likely to do so until the dispute over who owns the land and is able to control the gates is settled.
Mrs Paget said: "I was proud of the mums turning out in the bad weather, even though the gate was open, to show their solidarity.
A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said it was looking into the situation.