A petition seeking a ‘safe crossing point’ on the B3092 near Purns Mill Lane, Gillingham, has been launched.
The point in question is where the popular River Walk meets the busy main road, where a dog was knocked down by a car, and a crossing point that is used by pupils on their way to Milton-on-Stour primary school.
Launching the petition, local resident Jo Hopkinson writes : ‘The walk provides a unique opportunity for people to spend time enjoying the local area, socialise and keep fit. The council’s own targets include encouraging people to get more exercise and play a more active role in the community.
‘The River Walk is a key way that people can keep fit, meet neighbours and build positive relationships. It is essential a safe crossing point is put in situ for the safety of the community on the B3092 at Peacemarsh.’
Jo adds: ‘I shall hand [the petition] into Gillingham Town Council in the hope we can gain some momentum to making this area a safe place to enjoy. I am hoping we can get 1,000 signatures.’
People can sign a copy of the petition at the side of the path (see photo) or sign it online here.
Jo Hopkinson also urges people to write to the town council about the need for a crossing: ‘This would help highlight the support in the area to make it a safer place to enjoy the countryside.’
Motorists often exceed the speed limit on that stretch of theB3092. Crossing the road is often made more hazardous by drivers taking advantage of the straight section to overtake.