One of our core values as a community is that we want to be the most welcoming place in Bracknell and Sandhurst. More welcoming than any of the supermarkets, coffee shops, leisure facilities, pubs or restaurants.
One of the ways we do that is to make sure we give our visitors the best car parking spaces. That inevitably means those of us who can parking a bit further away from our buildings, although never too far :)
In Bracknell on a Sunday morning we want to leave the Kerith Centre, K2 and surgery car parks free for visitors and Kerith car park badge holders. That means all of the rest of us parking in the college car park.
Sandhurst is a bit simpler (at the moment at least), although we would ask people to fill the spaces on the right as you drive into the school first, and then choose the spaces further away from the school entrance to leave those near the entrance free for visitors.
For Sunday evenings in Bracknell we can normally all fit in the on site car parks, although as the evenings continue to grow, and when we have guest speakers or special events, that will change.
I know how tempting it is to think "I'm the exception, and my one car won't make a difference" but it only takes a few of us to take that approach for us to end up with the situation we had this Sunday in Bracknell where there were no spaces left for visitors or people with disabilities.
Please can I also make a plea for us to be polite and grateful to our amazing car parking teams. Please make their life as easy as possible, follow their instructions and thank them for all that they do in all weathers!
Finally to say that we do have plans and the money set aside to put a path down the side of K2, so that we can walk from the college car park through to our buildings without having to go via the dual carriageway. We're currently struggling to find a builder willing to do the work, so if you know of one who might be interested in doing it please let me know and I can put them in touch with our team.