FREE SCHOOL PADLOCKED AT THE GATES

trafficsurvey2More on the level-crossing gates.

The point highlighted by Imperial’s traffic survey is that many of us are spending much of our day sitting at the level-crossing. The figures on the lefthand side are also taken from the traffic survey – and show the length of waiting time between 7 and 10 am (top three blocks divided into 15 min intervals) and 4 and 7 pm (bottom three blocks) on 11th July 2012.

So, between 9.15 and 9.30 am for example, eight cars had a 10-15 minute wait. Between 5 and 5.15 there were 7 cars waiting for between 10 and 15 minutes.

This is already far too long.

I have already experienced a situation where I’ve been in a queue and the crossing has closed again before I’ve been able to get through. New development, and the free school, will make this situation much more common.

In fact, on a sunny term-time day with tourists in the village and both schools emptying themselves of pupils, we could easily be adding 10 or 15 cars to the end of the queues and will therefore become gridlocked.

Presumably the Free School Committee have thought about these things and have come up with a travel plan to address this situation?

So please can we see one?

And I don’t mean the one with drop-off zones which I know is discredited and doesn’t even appear on the Free School website.

In fact there is virtually no mention of transport at all on this website – which is significant given that it’s the issue that the village is most concerned about with regard to the free school.

Levelcrossing 028Is it not ridiculous for the free school to be embarking on consultation with the village when it doesn’t have a clear idea as to how the children are going to get to and from the school? And how this is going to impact on the residents of the village?

I’m trying to have an open mind on the free school (and on the issue of a second crossing of the railway). But it’s extremely difficult to maintain an open mind when one isn’t provided with significant information.

So I’ll be voting against the free school wherever they choose to put  it (for the time being).

About jasperbouverie

I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: jasperbouverie.com which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and FunderFilms.com which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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