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BEARSTED SCHOOLS: Public meeting called to discuss plan

Friday 11th January 2019

BOXLEY Parish Council’s environment committee has arranged a public meeting on January 24 at Grove Green Community Hall, Penhurst Close, at 7.30pm to discuss the Bearsted schools’ plan.

The council is worried about the Department for Education's plan to make the entrance in Bearsted Road, which locals feel is too busy and dangerous for children to use.

The plan's submission came despite a large body of opposition to the proposed access which they argued should be from within the Kent Medical Campus site.

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The developers have made some adjustments to the plan but most locals says they are insufficient.

Boxley parish councillor Wendy Hinder said: “There are grave concerns regarding pedestrian and highway safety issues particularly for children who are being expected to walk to the primary school.”

Borough Councillors from Boxley and Bearsted wards were to meet Kent County Council leader  Paul Carter and KCC Highway Officers to raise their grave concerns before the public meeting.

Councillors and residents understand that schools are needed but the proposed access for the site from Bearsted Road is generally considered inherently unsafe and irresponsible.

Concerns being expressed are:

Location being totally unsuitable
Pedestrian safety
Totally inadequate access from Bearsted Road
Traffic impact, congestion and possible use of Bearsted Road for parking
Inadequate on-site car parking provided for two schools

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