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Published on: 04 Sep 2018
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You share a parking area with several neighbours and have recently started having problems.
Write a letter to be copied to all neighbours that share the parking area. In that letter
• explaining the problems
• suggesting ways to help the situation
• proposing a possible meeting
You do NOT need to write any addresses.
Begin your letter as follows:
You should write at least 150 words.
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic.
In many countries it is now illegal to smoke in public places. It is only fair that people who wish to smoke should have to leave the building.
Do you agree or disagree?
You should write at least 250 words.
I am writing to inform you of a number of problems I have had recently concerning the communal parking space.
As you are aware, every resident in this block is allocated one space in the parking area. Since the beginning of the month, however, I have on several occasions been unable to find a parking space when I return home from work. This must mean that either some residents are using the area for more than one car or that non-reside/lts are using the parking area. Also, I have noticed that the parking area is being used more and more frequently as an area to
dump unwanted furniture which is untidy and a potential health risk.
I am not blaming any individual for these problems but feel that as a group of residents we should act together to avoid any repetition of these problems in the future - perhaps by putting up much clearer signs. I would like to suggest that we meet to discuss these and other issues you may have on Friday March 14th at 7.00 pm. I am happy to host this meeting in my flat (Flat 15).
Please call to let me know if you would be interested in attending this meeting: 2715 688.
The issue of smoking and smoking bans is an emotive one because smokers and non-smokers both tend to hold strong views about their rights. Many countries have now chosen to ban smoking altogether from indoor areas and public places, which is a radical change from the way things used to be until quite recently.
Non-smokers have been complaining for years that they should not have to breathe in other people's smoke in places such as the workplace, restaurants and cafes and on buses, trains and planes. It is hard to argue that non-smokers do not have a right to be protected from this. Smoking also causes problems for the owners and workers in such places who have to clean up after smokers or redecorate more often. Generally speaking, therefore, I am in favour of smoke-free workplaces, transport and buildings. Non-smokers should not have other people's smoke imposed on them.
We have to accept, however, that there are a large number of people who smoke and will continue to smoke. Many of them enjoy the company of other smokers and feel it is unfair that they should always be made to stand in doorways when they want to smoke. In a consumer age that seems to put choice above everything else, shouldn't they have the right to meet and socialise with other smokers if they want to?
A more balanced policy than the one now in place in many countries, would be to allow certain cafes and restaurants to apply for a smoking licence. These places would then have to advertise themselves as smoking places. Certain areas of buildings such as workplaces could also be made into smoking rooms or areas but only if the company wished to. Such measures would still give the majority their smoke-free environment but protect the wishes of the
minority that smoke.