Lib Dems secure safer crossing for school pupils
Kent County Council have installed anti-slip strips on the steps of the pedestrian bridge across the A2 at the Abbey School after a young pupil was seriously injured.
The worked was prompted by a request by Liberal Democrat campaigner Ben J. Martin, after a year 7 pupil suffered concussion in September as a result of slipping down the steps.
In addition to the work carried out by KCC, Ben contacted the school who agreed to increase supervision near the bridge at the start and end of the school day.
The high bridge is no use for mothers with buggies or people in wheelchairs, or anyone who cannot climb several sets of steep stairs.
Ben said: "The response and subsequent action from both the Abbey School and KCC will undoubtedly improve safety for pupils, however it doesn't assist those who can't access the bridge.
"Serious consideration should be made as to what type of crossing would be most appropriate to provide a safe method that is accessible to all for crossing the A2 to allow access to the school, nursery and businesses located on the Abbey School site."
Faversham county councillor Antony Hook said: “This goes to show the importance of speaking up and demanding action when things can be better. Children deserve a safe journey to school. Abbey School students now have safer steps. We need to look at a crossing for people who can't use the steps. Better is always possible.”