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Belvedere parents' fear over safety outside school
PARENTS of children at a Belvedere school are urging Bexley Council to act before someone is seriously injured or killed during the school run.
More than 400 people have signed a petition to widen the pavement and lengthen the railings outside Bedonwell Infant and Junior School.
The pavement outside the school is less than 1.5m wide at its narrowest point and parents are calling for action.
Chris Attard, whose six-year-old daughter Charlotte was almost struck by a car door three weeks ago, said: “Cars are bumping up onto the kerb in order to park and drop off their children, which is endangering the children that use the pavement.
“Cars that temporarily park there open their doors into the path of children due to the pavement being so narrow.
“This has caused some parents to walk around the car blocking their path and into the road – again endangering the children they are trying to protect.”
In a recent poll just four out of 400 parents said they felt safe outside Bedonwell school.
In 2012 funding a section of the footpath outside the school gates was widened outside the school gates Sue Brooks, the head teacher of the infant and nursery school, said: “That has eased the situation.
“But obviously further along the pavement it’s still fairly narrow and I know that parents encounter problems to and from the school.”
A Bexley Council spokeswoman said it takes child safety “very seriously” and in addition to widening a section of the footpath has painted zig-zags on the road outside the school.
She added: “No one should be stopping on them to drop or pick up passengers and we would expect parents to behave in a responsible manner.”