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Pavement outside Matravers ‘should be extended to improve safety’

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THE town council recently backed a request from a resident to extend the pavement on the side next to Matravers School, opting to push it through ‘with the highest order of importance’. 

As it stands, children are walking along a thin strip of road adjacent to oncoming traffic on their way home from school, causing traffic and safety issues at peak times. 

At the last highways planning and development (HP&D) meeting, councillors discussed the potential for an accident caused by vehicles coming into close proximity with school children making their way home. 

The issue was raised by a resident of Leigh Road at the HP&D meeting, “Matravers School leading into Leigh Road – I really think the pavement should be extended past the railings as I have seen about dozen school kids walking along there towards Springfield Road and the traffic was busy and it’s an accident waiting to happen” 

Cllr Gordon King said, “I propose that a highway improvement form is raised and submitted to the Community Area Transport Group (CATG) as soon as possible.” 

Cllr Ward Jones added, “When I walk around that area and I have to cross the road, I wait with bated breath to see if there’s anything that could potentially knock me down.” 

As it stands, the town council has raised a highway improvement form and will discuss the issue at the next CATG meeting with Wiltshire Council.

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