LETTER: Road safety a burning issue

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As a parent of two primary school children, I was very pleased to hear Cavendish School has recently received support from the town planners to build its all-through school. Hopefully this will go some way towards alleviating the pressures of places locally. I was also delighted that road safety was highlighted with recommendations to East Sussex County Council for a 20mph limit and pelican crossing on Eldon Road.

My children attend St Thomas a Becket near Kings Drive. The school has been there for more than 40 years, and is an artery road to Eastbourne. I and all the families at our school are only too aware that we desperately need both of these safety measures instead of the current zebra crossing. Our recent school crossing patrol lady kept our children safe for just six weeks before resigning due to daily verbal and visual abuse by drivers.

In fact, I personally witnessed her being nearly run over on her second to last day, apparently several times previously this had also happened. Further, the lady in the role before her also only stayed a short while for similar reasons.

Last year a child was knocked out of a buggy and daily there appears to me to be near misses due to the impatience of the drivers.

I implore those who hold the purse strings for road safety to realise this situation desperately needs dealing with.

Sandra Forte

Victoria Drive

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