A new raised multi coloured crossing has been installed near St. Mary’s Island School to improve road safety; the crossing is the first of its kind to be installed in Kent.
After concerns raised by St. Mary’s Island School and residents, Medway Council launched a competition for pupils to design a colourful crossing which would be built near the school.
Medway Council’s assistant Director of Front Line Services, Ruth Du-Lieu, and Ward Councillors picked the design created by Aina Serra Tubau, aged nine. The raised crossing, featuring a rainbow, was installed by Thames Hydro Blasting using environmentally friendly materials.
Councillor Andrew Mackness, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said “We have listened to local residents and I’m pleased the new crossing has been installed. The safety of our young people is incredibly important and I look forward to seeing new colourful crossings being built in the future.”
Councillor Phil Firmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services, said “Road safety is very important, especially near schools. The road safety team works with schools all year round to ensure Medway’s young people are aware of the dangers of the road.”
Headteacher of St. Mary’s Island Primary School, Christine Easton, said “The school always takes part in all competitions run by Medway Council regarding road safety as it is paramount that our children keep safe in all situations they are faced with. The crossing will make a huge difference and it reinforces the importance of making sure you are safe along the roads on your way to and from school.”
The crossing was paid for by Countryside Maritime as part of the ongoing development on St. Mary’s Island.