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Leysdown and Warden councillor, Pat Sandle, has vowed to continue her fight for safety measures at Eastchurch Primary School's St Clement's site

23 March 2014
by Emma Grove

Leysdown and Warden councillor Pat Sandle has been campaigning since Eastchurch primary’s St Clement’s site opened in Leysdown Road more than two years ago. Her concerns are around the 40mph speed limit.

Locals want it to reduced to 20mph, or the boundary of the 30mph limit along the road to be extended to include the site.

Cllr Pat Sandle says she won't back down in speed limit row

Cllr Pat Sandle says she won't back down in speed limit row

She is also angry the crossing point is not a pedestrian crossing with beacons and road markings.

Her other gripe is that she says Kent County Council (KCC) failed to consult properly with the relevant parish councils when the plans for the £4.3 million school were discussed and a site visit was not carried out.

The Swale Joint Transportation Board (JTB), on which Cllr Sandle sits, wrote to KCC highlighting these issues.

Members also say the accident record which the authority used is not valid as there was no school there previously.

Cllr Sandle was furious to receive a response from KCC saying she submitted comments on behalf of both Leysdown and Warden parish councils during the consultation.

She says this is not true, because Warden had not received the paperwork.

The letter also says KCC had not been made aware of problems since the school opened.

Cllr Sandle says not only has she raised it, she knows the school and parents have, too.

She said: “They did not consult with parish members.

“What they did made it worse – they narrowed a road where caravans get transferred and big farm vehicles go through.”

She was annoyed to have her concerns brushed off as “old grievances” in the letter from KCC.

“I object to that term when we are talking about children’s and parents’ safety,” she added.

“It’s not a battle of wills. I’m not doing this as a personal vendetta, I’m doing it for my residents and I’m not giving up.”

The JTB is writing back to KCC and hopes to get the issues looked at again in more detail.

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