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Every child should be safe walking to school

February 11, 2020 4:35 PM
Originally published by Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Ida Linfield presses for vital new pedestrian crossing near Canterbury school.

"I can think of nothing worse in the whole world than arranging for your child to walk safely to school with friends and then getting someone at the door saying he had been knocked down", said Ida Linfield, Lib Dem County Councillor in Canterbury.

Yet this is exactly what happened in April 2018 to a local Canterbury resident. Her son was walking to Pilgrims Way school and crossing the Littlebourne Road, by the St Martins Hospital bus stop, when he was hit by a car and seriously injured. "I had already highlighted the dangers of this road to Kent County Council - they knew about it but nothing has been done about it", said Ida. Puffin Crossing

In the last two years Ida and the Liberal Democrats have continued to campaign for a crossing, met with KCC road safety and planning officers and raised the vital importance of this issue at every council meeting possible.

"Finally, just before last Christmas, local Highways officers agreed in principle that the crossing is needed", said Ida. "Then in January I was told that it could funded as part of the new expansion at Pilgrims Way and it was confirmed in writing that it would be in place by September 2021."

Just to make absolutely sure that there are no last minute hold ups, Ida Linfield will propose at Thursday's budget meeting that KCC allocate £125,000 from the General Highways budget, to be used in conjunction with the money provided by Pilgrims Way school and provide a controlled pedestrian crossing.

"Local residents have been asking me what they can do and if you agree, then please email Roger Gough, the Leader of Kent County Council, who has the ultimate responsibility and ask him to ensure his group support the motion".

Roger Gough's email address is: roger.gough@kent.gov.uk