Campaign for school lights after accident

School Governor Nick Woodall SUS-140423-152445001
School Governor Nick Woodall SUS-140423-152445001

An urgent call for safety improvements is being made by parents of children at St Thomas a Becket infant and junior schools in the wake of an accident at the Kings Drive zebra crossing.

Parent governor Dr Nick Woodall believed action is urgently needed to avoid a similar incident in which a car struck a child’s buggy in January.

It had prompted major concerns over vehicle speeding and abuse of parking regulations in the area at peak school times, which many parents felt created a dangerous environment.

Dr Woodall said, “We are very concerned by this.

“While we recognise that people need to drive through the area for work, children’s safety must come as a higher priority than the time it takes to get people into work.

“The zebra crossing at Kings Drive should at least have amber flashing lights installed 100 yards either side of the crossing, as you would see elsewhere.

“We do not want to see another child injured there like the incident that happened in January,” explained the campaigner, who said a combination of replacement traffic lights and creating a one-way traffic system at Tutts Barn Lane would prove effective measures.

Dr Woodall added that a minority of “ill-thinking parents” had created further safety issues in dropping off children outside the school gates on double yellow lined areas.

A spokesperson for East Sussex County Council said, “We appreciate parents are concerned about the safety of children, but we have a limited budget for road safety schemes such as this and need to ensure we target our resources to those schemes which will be of greatest benefit to our communities.

“The requests we receive go through an assessment process to prioritise schemes and determine which should be funded through the county council’s capital programme.

“Suggestions put forward will be considered as part of this process, but this type scheme is currently not considered a priority for funding.”