Parents call for speed cut after accident near Eastbourne school

St Thomas a Becket School Crossing. King's Drive Eastbourne. SUS-150624-101818001
St Thomas a Becket School Crossing. King's Drive Eastbourne. SUS-150624-101818001

Parents have made fresh calls for a 20mph speed outside an Eastbourne school after a woman was knocked down in an accident nearby.

A parents’ campaign group is calling for the lower speed limit on Kings Drive, a road regularly used by pupils of St Thomas a Becket Infant and Junior School.

The campaign is being led by father-of-two Matthew Zalman, whose nine-year-old daughter is a pupil at the school.

He said, “There are always families walking down the road, even at the weekends, and it is disgusting how fast people drive past.

“It is only a matter of time before someone else is knocked down or dies there.

“Something needs to be done.”

Mr Zalman also wants the council to replace the nearby zebra crossing with controlled traffic lights in an effort to make the road safer.

The calls come after a 21-year-old woman was hit by a car while at the junction with Tutts Barn Lane on Saturday, March 5.

She was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where she was said to be in a “serious but not life-threatening condition”.

The campaign is the latest in a series by parents to improve the safety of the road.

Last year East Sussex County Council turned down plans to improve the Kings Drive zebra crossing.

Speaking at the time a spokesman for the council said, “A crossing scheme will not be taken forward at this time as it is not of sufficient priority for funding through the capital programme for local transport improvements.”

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