Plans To Improve School Access Routes Unveiled

Consultants have suggested the best way to provide safer pedestrian access to the new school from Old Town after parents raised concerns over the dangers to children walking to the new school, particularly in winter.

The School Project Board has heard the advice of Cornwall Council’s Engineering team, who favour a path alongside the sea wall of Old Town Bay.

Their plan using paving slabs would cost around £100,000 but Phil Osmond of Mace says the Council’s Chief Technical Officer felt there could be cheaper ways to achieve the same solution.

The experts’ report rules out using Trench Lane or the Watermeadow as an access route due to cost.

Phil says the consultants felt a roadside path was best as people always take the shortest route.

Cornwall’s report also makes recommendations on improving pedestrian access on the path by the waste management site as well as discussing maintenance issues relating to the Old Hill access route to the Carn Gwaval site.

These suggestions will go to the Planning Committee for approval in February.

In the meantime a temporary plastic fence will go up around 1.2m from the seawall to separate walkers and cars.

 



3 Responses to Plans To Improve School Access Routes Unveiled

  1. Peter December 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Why don’t the Consultants and the Council consult with the people that walk the route,or have walked the route for many years and know what problems may exist.
    In this 1.2m temp. fencing area how will mothers with buggies and little children pass each other? In pouring rain who will wait to give way?
    With high tides and/or heavy winds are people still expected to walk this route.
    Why not just consult and “listen” to what concerned taxpayers who live on the Island have to say and spare us the expense of more Consultants.

  2. Kev Wright December 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    How on earth do people think kids have been getting safely to that site for over 40 years? Generations of kids, including me, must have been incredibly lucky not to have been swept away or run over in the past!

  3. Linda December 6, 2011 at 10:49 am

    WHAT NEXT?. TRAFFIC LIGHTS.
    IMPROVE THE WALKING SURFICE THROUGH THE DUMP ROUTE AND RESTRICT CAR ACCESS TO OLD HILL, PROBLEM SOLVED.