Hextable's roads an "Accident waiting to happen" says councillor during public consultation
PUBLISHED: 11:22 11 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:22 11 November 2015
A public consultation is currently underway on Hextable Primary School's proposed expansion
A councillor has called Hextable’s roads an “accident waiting to happen” during a public consultation on a school’s expansion.
A public consultation is currently underway on the topic of increasing the capacity of Hextable Primary School by more than 200 pupils.
The school currently has 420 places for pupils between Year R and Year 6.
Under the proposed plans, the school will host 630 places by 2022.
One of the entrances to the school is located close to a 60 mph country lane.
Councillor Darren Kitchener, chair of Hextable Parish Council expressed his concerns of the plan’s impact on local traffic.
Mr Kitchener said: “While I’m not against the development per se, I’m worried about the potential implications.
“The traffic in the area is already stretched, people will come flying down Puddledock Lane and children will be running out of school. It’s an accident waiting to happen.”
The plans have cited recent housing developments in the local area as the reason for the proposed increase.
“There haven’t been any planned developments for Hextable, it’s ironic a school has closed in Swanley, while proposing an increased capacity here.”
Current plans will see a new 30-pupil class each year with the last joinin in September 2022.
In a statement, Kent County Council said: “Hextable Primary School sits in the Swanley & Hextable Planning Area. Demand in Swanley and Hextable is forecast to exceed capacity, due to the housing development within the boundaries of the planning area.
“When considering suitability of school sites, the local authority considers a number of factors, including forecasted demand for places, current school Ofsted rating, school site size, build cost and more.
“The local authority considered every other school in the planning area in line with these factors and Hextable Primary School was identified as the best candidate.”
The school is not planned to be closed during any building work to expand the school.
The public consultation closes on November 16, with a decision expected in January.