LETTER: Action – before it’s too late

In response to the recent letters published on the subject of the safety of the zebra crossing on King’s Drive, by St Thomas a Becket Infant and Junior Schools, I would also urge East Sussex County Council to take action before it is too late, and a serious accident occurs.

The crossing warrants a School Crossing Patrol Officer, but over the last two years it has proved very difficult to recruit and retain one The last two post holders have both felt compelled to resign due to the abuse they received from drivers stopping at the crossing, and their concerns for their own safety as cars regularly fail to stop at the crossing.

The new pelican crossing further up the road outside the Bovis Homes development could very well exacerbate these issues, as cars are likely to speed up after having stopped there.

The school has met with council officials to discuss its concerns about the safety of the crossing and the surrounding area following the incident on the crossing last year when a car hit a young child in a buggy.

We appreciate the recent repainting of road markings near the school, however, there is more that could be done.

Firstly, we believe that parking restrictions on King’s Drive preventing cars parking along the stretch of road on the lead up to the crossing would improve the visibility of the crossing and ensure the newly painted road markings are not obscured.

Secondly, we believe that the crossing should be upgraded to a pelican crossing in order to fully ensure the safety of parents and children using it. Many, many parents signed the petition referred to by Annabelle West.

Surely it is in the interests of the council to take preventative measures, rather than having to act after the worst possible scenario – the serious injury or death of a child.

Rita King

PTA Chair – St

Thomas a Becket Infant and Junior Schools

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