Teach­ers say sorry af­ter chaos on vil­lage roads

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Dan Wright

Teach­ers have apol­o­gised af­ter con­struc­tion work at Wye School caused “ut­ter chaos” in the vil­lage af­ter coaches blocked the road.

An­gry res­i­dents con­tacted the Ken­tish Ex­press af­ter a num­ber of dis­rup­tive days near the Olantigh Road site, which was set up in 2013 to give the vil­lage a sec­ondary school.

Peter Suther­land, who runs the Tick­ety­boo gift shop with his wife Ann, said up to five coaches were parked in the High Street out­side the church.

“I am not against the school or the chil­dren, it is just not prac­ti­cal or wise for it to be in Wye, a me­dieval vil­lage,” he said.

“The school term started and the first morn­ing back was ut­ter chaos with chil­dren left unat­tended to cross the road and ne­go­ti­at­ing cars from three di­rec­tions, not to men­tion con- struc­tion lor­ries still com­ing and go­ing to the site.

“The lo­gis­tics were and are ap­palling – the first morn­ing back was ut­ter chaos.

“Five coaches now park along the High Street, block­ing the bus stop in­tended to pick up and drop off pas­sen­gers.”

Mr Suther­land, whose shop is in Bridge Street, added that the park­ing ar­range­ments were “ar­ro­gant” and were made with “no thought for res­i­dents”.

A spokesman from United Learn­ing, which runs the school, said: “We are aware of con­cerns in the vil­lage re­gard­ing the cur­rent school trans­port ar­range­ments.

“Th­ese are tem­po­rar­ily in place while our new coach park­ing fa­cil­ity is com­pleted over the next cou­ple of weeks.

“When th­ese works are com­plete, buses will be able to drop off and pick up stu­dents on the school site.

“Like­wise, there will be spa­ces on site for par­ents to drop off and col­lect their chil­dren.

“We would like to apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience caused in the mean­time and thank our neigh­bours for their pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, Unit 4, Park Mall shop­ping cen­tre, Ash­ford, TN24 8RY or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk

Com­plaints have been raised about park­ing near Wye School

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