Fight for 20mph school speed limit

Annecy Catholic Primary School August 9th 2012 E32107N
Annecy Catholic Primary School August 9th 2012 E32107N

A campaign to help keep schoolchildren safe in Seaford could fail to take off, according to a concerned county councillor.

Councillor Carolyn Lambert said the speed limit needs to be changed to 20mph outside schools before a child is killed.

Parent Margery Diamand gained support from residents and hundreds of people signed a petition backing the campaign to see the speed limit reduced in roads around Annecy Primary School which her sons attend.

She had called on East Sussex County Council to introduce the changes in Sutton Avenue, Arundel Road, Steyne Road and the Southdown Road area where Seaford Head School, Annecy Primary School and Micklefield Nursery are based.

She has been supported by Seaford resident Cllr Lambert who previously challenged Cllr Carl Maynard, Lead Member for Transport, if he accepted 20mph zones should be implemented outside all schools regardless of casualty rates.

She also questioned him about the matter at a meeting of the county council last week, where she asked for his personal assurance that the scheme would go ahead, following which she said, “It is extremely worrying that he was not prepared to give me a guarantee that the 20mph zone along Sutton Avenue, which could be paid for from Section 106 funds, would in fact be implemented as previously agreed.”

At the meeting Cllr Maynard said, “I’ve talked about funding being secured from a local housing development and that the scheme could be in place by September 2013. So I’m happy to give her that assurance.”