Councillors Agree School Safe Route Plan

The Five Islands School

Councillors have agreed the solution for safer pedestrian access to the new school.

Their decision follows months of complaints and a petition from parents concerned about their kids’ safety in walking to and from lessons, especially in bad weather or dark winter mornings.

A concrete pavement of 1.2m width, with a concrete kerb, will be laid alongside the Old Town sea wall.

There’ll be “eco drainage” to all existing storm water outlets, so that seawater can be dispersed as quickly as possible either from the road or the pavement itself.

Members decided that option after they reviewed a report commissioned from Cornwall Council’s highways team into routes and potential surfaces.

They discounted the idea of paths down Trench Lane, alongside the secondary sea defence on the opposite site of Old Town Bay Road, and they rejected another plan to lay a path to school across from the Old Town Inn.

All those suggestions proved more difficult to build or costlier.

Craig Dryden, the Council’s Chief Planning Officer, informed Councillors that he was waiting for a final price and design for the concrete works from Kier Western.

Cornwall Council indicated that a paved surface would cost £104,864.

A kinked left hand bend for vehicles travelling eastbound on the Old Town Road will also be straightened under the plan.

No timeline has been agreed for the work but the temporary barriers, which separated pedestrians and drivers, came down this week.

The original planning requirement was for a path to be competed, “prior to the occupation of the school”.

In September, when the school opened and no access solution had been offered, Councillors set a four month deadline for action. Now, over five months after lessons started, a safer way for the kids to get to school will, at last, be put in place.


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