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Warden House Primary agrees parking measures

Warden House Primary School in Deal is one step closer to a solution for parking issues outside the school.

Following a successful meeting on Friday, it has been agreed the school’s Parent, Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA) will support a project to raise funds to install bollards at the entrance to Diana Gardens.

The meeting was held to discuss the problems of parking around the school in Birdwood Avenue, including the issue of parents parking over driveways and on grass verges and pavements.

The entrance to Warden House Primary School
The entrance to Warden House Primary School

It was well attended by representatives including Deal’s county councillors, Mike Eddy and Eileen Rowbotham, residents and parents.

Cllr Eddy had already raised the issue with district council officers.

Both Cllr Rowbotham and he said they were prepared to put some of their Councillors Highways Fund into a scheme to relieve parking pressure in the area.

Parent Kim Chegwin said: “Several options were discussed. These will be presented to the school principal. With good communication between everyone it is hoped that a suitable solution will be arrived at.”

On Monday, school principal Graham Chisnell, who did not attend the meeting, said: “I am overjoyed that the work of the action group has led to the potential improvements to the roads and pathways surrounding the school.

“Three representatives of the action group attended the PTFA meeting held in school last week and they have agreed to support a project to raise funds to install bollards on the entrance to Diana Gardens.”

Cllr Rowbotham said: “I would like to thank the school for hosting the meeting and all those people who turned up to give their views, especially Roy Barlow as the tenants’ representative and David Cronk from the local Labour Party.

“The meeting gave us a lot of useful pointers, which we will feed back to highways staff.”

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