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Sheerness couple, Joyce and Douglas Cole, fear there will be an accident at the Marine Parade entrance to Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey

15 February 2014
by Lewis Dyson

Joyce and Douglas Cole have raised concerns about a large puddle which forms alongside a dropped kerb outside the Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey in Marine Parade, Sheerness.

They are worried that if the water freezes it will become like an “ice rink”.

Joyce and Douglas Cole at the entrance to the Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey in Marine Parade, Sheerness, with the massive puddle that forms at the dropped kerb

Joyce and Douglas Cole at the entrance to the Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey in Marine Parade, Sheerness, with the massive puddle that forms at the dropped kerb

They also fear a lack of warnings on the approach to the school is making the area an “accident waiting to happen”.

Mrs Cole, 76, said: “When the children come out at 3 o’clock it’s absolute mayhem out there.

“The pavement has not been finished properly and it holds water so when cars want to turn out [on to Marine Parade] they splash the children walking past.

“There are no safety precautions there for people crossing the road and no markings, and I think there should be because this is one of the busiest roads on the Island.”

The grandmother of six and great-grandmother of eight added that the entrance way, which was opened last year, was used by lorries to do U-turns

She said the vehicles were posing a danger to children and were making it difficult for people who live nearby to enter their homes.

The couple say they raised their concerns with Kent Highways more than a month ago but have yet to receive a response.

The Kent County Council department was also unable to provide a response to our queries about the entrance to the school.

Academy finance and operations director Jamie Hutchinson, said: “We have had issues along the way with the new build, which are inevitable with something of that size, but the puddle hasn’t previously been raised with the school, as far as I’m aware, but I will look into it.”

Construction contractor Kier was also unable to comment.

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