A NEW crossing in Old Town was used by children on their first day back at school after the half-term break.
The zebra crossing in Eldon Road was the culmination of a long battle with East Sussex County Council to come up with the funding.
Eastbourne’s mayor and Liberal Democrat county councillor Carolyn Heaps was at the crossing as it was used by youngsters going to schools in the area including Cavendish, Motcombe and Ocklynge.
Councillor Heaps said the Liberal Democrat Old Town team was delighted to see the culmination of the four year campaign.
She said, “It is fantastic to see our children using this crossing to get to school safely.
“May I thank everybody who supported the campaign and signed my 1,000 signature petition.
“It just proves that people power works.
“This will reduce injuries at a danger blackspot between five schools.
“It will also allow parents to let their children walk or cycle independently which is healthier.
“This will allow more children to walk to school it gives them independence and reduces danger. This will save children’s lives.”
Scarlett McNally, of Bespoke Cycle Group and consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Eastbourne DGH, said, “Bespoke Cycle Group has been 100 per cent behind Carolyn from the beginning.
“This creates safe access to five schools and children on bikes and foot no longer have to do the ‘death dash’.”