Labour councillor speaks of his concerns in 'Dane Valley Matters' newsletter
Labour distribute a regular newsletter to several areas in Thanet, one of which I received through my letterbox yesterday morning, and promptly read its contents.
Inside was a very concerning appeal from one of Labour's Councillors, young Will Scobie, who writes of how little road safety we have around our schools.
"One of the first things I did after being elected was to go round to all of the Primary Schools in Margate and Cliftonville during the school-run, to see what was happening" he states.
He noted that he has become alarmed by the dangers faced by parents, children, and even a lollipop man who was "nudged by a car as he shepherded families across the road".
He has managed to pay for a zebra crossing to be placed outside of Cliftonville Primary School, but he says that that is "just the start".
"At KCC I will be arguing that as a minimum we should have zebra crossings outside all of our schools" are his words of passion in his article.
He also wants reduction in speed limits to 20mph in school areas, and the consideration of having flashing signs and road markings that clearly make drivers aware that they are near to a school.
As a former resident of London, I am shocked that these things are not commonplace here in Thanet, as they are in London, and although I am not a parent, I am indeed a worried resident now that Will has made me aware of this issue, and I have every intention of getting involved in his campaign to improve Thanet's school road safety.
If you, too, wish to help in any way by supporting his campaign or by informing him of any issues you think he should be aware of as part of his efforts, "please get in touch" he pleads. "An email or letter of support would help speed up my campaign".
To contact Will Scobie about any Kent County Council issues, including this one, you can phone him in 07730 342 471, "tweet" him, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter addressed to him to North Thanet Labour Party Office, 44 Northdown Road, Margate CT9 2RW. There is also a contact form on his official website.