Community rallies to raise money for a pelican crossing

Friday Street
Friday Street

A community initiative to raise money for a pelican crossing on Friday Street is gathering pace.

Hundreds have signed an online petition to have safety measures put in place following the death of five-year-old Andrea Gada in December.

However, with the county council yet to make any steps towards installing a new crossing, local residents are taking action to raise funds for the crossing themselves.

Backed by county councillor Alan Shuttleworth, the community initiative is hoping to raise money through various events, including a fun day on Saturday, April 25 at Langney Shopping Centre.

Cllr Shuttleworth said, “It is really positive that the local community want to help to raise money towards this crossing but it is also important that the county council recognise that it is important to bring forward a crossing scheme to make the road safer for people of all ages, and to work with the police to deal with the speed of vehicles using Friday Street.”

Cllr Shuttleworth is encouraging a Community Match Fund bid to the county council but is also pressing for an urgent approach by the council to provide the lions share of the Capital funds required for a crossing.

Shinewater Primary School headteacher, Theresa Buttery, said, “The school are determined to support ways of providing safer routes for children to go to and from their schools. Shinewater Primary School is fully supportive of this community initiative to raise the profile of road safety as well as raising money for an excellent cause.”

To get involved in the fun day, contact Tesco Community Champion Irene Smithers on irenesmithers@live.co.uk