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Queenborough Primary School expansion plans prompt fears about increase in traffic for Edward Road residents

Neighbours of a school which Kent County Council (KCC) hopes to expand have spoken of their fears over increased traffic.

The authority has put forward £1.5 million plans to build four new classrooms at Queenborough primary in Edward Road.

These will replace mobile buildings and temporarily increase the number of new pupils from 60 to 90 for September this year.

Residents are worried about an increase in traffic outside Queenborough Primary School
Residents are worried about an increase in traffic outside Queenborough Primary School

This is so a deficit of primary places on the Island can be covered until the new school opens at Thistle Hill in September 2015.

But people who live in Edward Road say parking is already horrendous with cars half on pavements and blocking residents’ driveways and even stopping on their property.

They say the situation is already an accident waiting to happen and with the increase of cars, it will make it even worse.

Pat Mumford said they unsuccessfully petitioned a few years ago to get wasteland at the bottom of the road made into a car park and believe this is still the best solution. She said residents have to plan when to go out.

“The extension will mean more children which will just be murder,” she added.

“It’s so busy – heaven forbid you need to get a fire engine down the road at school time – you wouldn’t be able to.”

Lynda Rayner also lives in the road, and said access should be addressed first.

She said: “I once counted 34 cars coming out of Castlemere before I could even get in.”

Another resident, Vee Edwards, is concerned about parents and children who walk to and from school getting hit by a car.

She also says parents can sometimes be abusive if they are approached about their parking and they don’t seem to care that it’s a residential road.

“I don’t oppose the extension because kids need to have schooling but they have got to take into consideration the people who live in this residential road,” she added.

Swale council will discuss the application and choose whether to support KCC in its bid, but the county council will make the final decision.

A KCC spokesman said the proposal will go to its planning application committee which will consider residents’ comments and concerns.

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