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Belvedere father fuming over school pavement hazard

PUBLISHED: 17:09 19 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:09 19 February 2013

Chris Attard with his daughter Charlotte outside Bedonwell Infant and Junior School

Chris Attard with his daughter Charlotte outside Bedonwell Infant and Junior School

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An angry parent has criticised Bexley Council for refusing to widen a footpath outside a Belvedere school - which almost caused his six-year-old daughter to be hit by an opening car door.

The path near Bedonwell Infant and Junior School is so narrow that youngsters cannot get past when a car door opens, with some being hit when trying to pass.

Chris Attard, whose six-year-old daughter Charlotte was almost struck two weeks ago, says child safety is not a priority for the council.

“We have been trying to get this sorted for years and children have been hit by opening car doors before.

“If they were to widen it by two and a half feet it would make a big difference. It’s only a matter of time before a child is seriously injured.”

Headteacher Sue Brookes said it was a “safety hazard for the children” but pleas to the council had fallen on deaf ears.

A council spokeswoman said: “The council takes child safety very seriously.

“We have recently carried out work to widen a section of footway between the milling area and the build out, but we do not have an infinite amount of money to widen footpaths, where there is no data to suggest it will reduce collisions.”

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