IELTS Writing Task One #24

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You live in an area where the local council has made some changes to regulations. You believe these changes are not good for residents.

Write a letter to a councillor. In your letter: 

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Describe the problem.
  • Say what you think the council should do about the situation.

You should write at least 150 words.

model answer:

Dear Sirs,

My name is Mrs Emily Chan. I have been a resident of Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, for several years.

I am writing to you in reference to the changed parking conditions in North Vancouver that came into effect from the first of February last year. I believe these are an inconvenience to residents, and should be reconsidered.

In the past, I was always able to park my car on the street outside my house without any problems. When metered parking was introduced to my suburb, particularly near the market, some visitors started parking their vehicles further away from the market in order to avoid payment. My street appear to be the perfect place for those people: it is not too far from Lonsdale Quay Market, and the parking is still free. Between March and May, I occasionally found it hard to park, but when summer finally arrived, there were two days a week when I was forced to park hundreds of metres away from my home. On public holidays, I resorted to metered parking myself.

I understand the local council hopes to benefit financially from metered parking, or perhaps to encourage people to use public transport. Nevertheless, residents like myself are inconvenienced by this system. I suggest either residents be allowed to park free in metered zones which are extend a greater distance or metering cover a smaller area, and ticket prices be raised. Additional bus services would also reduce congestion.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs Emily Chan

(255 words)

IELTS Writing Tip: Take care to spell words correctly. Standard American, Australian and British spellings are acceptable in IELTS.