LETTER: Pelican appeal goes to council

Commenting on Sandra Forte’s letter of June 12 regarding road safety I would like readers to know I will be addressing the East Sussex County Council Lead Member at the council meeting on Monday [June 22] about my petition and the desperate need for a pelican crossing outside St Thomas a Becket School to make it safe for children and others to cross Prideaux Road. This petition was instigated by myself, and our MP Caroline Ansell, and has been signed by many parents from the school.

As Sandra Forte points out, patrol ladies have resigned due to verbal abuse from drivers and most importantly a child was knocked out of a buggy.

When I first became an Upperton councillor in 2011 it was my quest to get something done about making the crossing safe. I arranged for the county council to do a traffic survey (sadly didn’t reach the 100 per cent criteria only scoring high 80s). Not dangerous enough! So the county council couldn’t pay for a replacement patrol person after the original gentleman died. Since then the above two patrol ladies’ unfortunate experiences.

The petition was handed to the chairman of ESCC and June 22 is my invitation as lead petitioner to speak about the petition and the dire necessity for the pelican crossing – children are at risk. We don’t want to wait until there is a fatality, surely. I am no longer one of the Upperton councillors, as I was not re-elected in May, but am more than happy to help residents wherever I can, as are my colleagues.

Annabelle West

The Goffs

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