School scooter users soar after top Bedfordshire housebuilder provides new parking pod

Energetic youngsters at a Bedfordshire primary school can now arrive in style after the region’s top house builder gave their scooters a new home.

Since Persimmon Homes Thames Valley donated a funky scooter pod to Roecroft Lower School in Stotfold, more children are zipping through the gates on scooters.

The scooter pod is a compact and colourful storage device which can store up to 12 scooters and has just been handed over to the school in Buttercup Road.

Elaine Stratford, Sales and Marketing Director for Persimmon Thames Valley, said they wanted to support a scheme which would promote health and fitness in the youngsters who are aged between four and nine.

“We wanted to do something for the community to celebrate the opening of Phase III of our Trinity Manor development and what better way than investing in our future – children,” she said.

“Roecroft Lower School has just held a walk to school week and we wanted to help continue that healthy approach by giving the children somewhere to store their scooters.

“It’s so good to see youngsters thinking about the environment – the least we could do was provide parking facilities!”

Parent Governor Mark Pennells said: “We are seeing the number of children on scooters increase since the pod has been in place which is beneficial for their physical well-being and reduces the number of cars on the road.”

Headteacher Julie Pearson said: “We are very grateful to Persimmon Homes for sponsoring our new scooter pod. Now the children have somewhere safe to put their scooters.”

On some days the school has seen up to 70 pupils scooter into the playground. Persimmon Homes is delighted the pod is such a hit and is now looking into installing more.