I’ve had an email from a Bulls Place resident, asking me to look at pedestrian safety along Lower Green Road. She makes a very valid point, that from the Bulls Place walkway emerges on to Lower Green Road at a point where there is no footpath for several hundred yards.
For school children, the elderly and young mums particularly, it makes it very difficult to access the primary school, nursery, recreation ground, and doctor’s surgery. When I was campaigning for a replacement to Margaret Coverley as lollipop lady at Pembury Primary School, some of the governors asked me to make sure we had a zebra crossing as well as a new crossing person. But perverse though it may seem, our success in finding a new lollipop lady has actually weakened our case for a zebra crossing at this point. And surveys show that the presence of a black and white crossing point alone doesn’t always stop drivers – several children have been injured by cars while they crossed.
But I can well see the case for a crossing elsewhere along Lower Green Road. With the success we’ve had with a Sandhurst Road crossing in Sherwood, anything’s possible.
I’m happy to start up a campaign if local residents want to join me. If you feel passionate about this, send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll start lobbying Kent Highways for a proper site inspection.