Following requests from parents, teachers and pupils at schools across Hastings & Rye, Sarah Owen and local parents have launched their Safely to School campaign to improve all pupils’ chances of getting to and from school safely.
Sarah Owen said, “I was moved to act when primary school pupils first wrote to me, expressing their concerns about speeding traffic outside schools, but this isn’t just relevant for one or two schools in Hasting and Rother, it’s a problem for all. In the face of cuts to lollipop attendants we need to act before it’s too late. At Sandown Primary School in Ore we are campaigning for a 20mph speed limit, a ‘smart’ puffin crossing and safer railings. There should be no price on a child’s safety.”
Mark Roberts, has 3 children at Sandown and has been working with the school, its pupils and the local community to write a comprehensive safety improvement report on the crossing and believes that action is needed now. He said, “The zebra crossing at Sandown School is an accident waiting to happen. My children have had near misses and I know they are not alone. With ever increasing traffic and the Bexhill-Hastings link road coming, investing in our children’s safety should be top priority. I hope that the combination of my report and ongoing work, the petition put together by local councillors and Sarah Owen will convince the County to act before it’s too late.”
Sandown safety improvement report
Written by Sandown parent Mark Roberts
Sandown’s head teacher Charlie Lindsay backs the campaign. Mr Lindsay said, “Drivers get impatient in the morning and afternoon waiting in queues at the current zebra crossing. I fully support our parents and local politicians in campaigning for these improvements; they are long-overdue.”
Labour county councillor Michael Wincott also has two children at the school and believes that safety upgrades are necessary before the Bexhill-Hastings link road increases the amount of traffic along The Ridge. He said, “More traffic equals more risk for our children. I’ve seen cars drive straight through when pupils are crossing and it will only get worse. The County Council have a duty to prevent accidents and I will be fighting to get these proposals through. The proposed upgrades are reasonable, well-researched and not prohibitively expensive.”
The team intend to roll out the Safely to School campaign to other schools in Hastings and Rother, with pledges of support already received from scores of teachers and teaching assistants, businesses and local councillors.
Parents, grandparents, guardians and local residents are being urged to sign a petition calling for the changes at Sandown which will be presented to the chairman of East Sussex County Council in the new year. You can sign below.
SANDOWN PRIMARY SCHOOL PETITION
The zebra crossing outside Sandown Primary School is incredibly dangerous for children and adults. There have been too many near-misses and the traffic will get worse when the Bexhill-Hastings link road is completed.We the undersigned believe that school children should be enabled to get Safely to School with the following measures:
- a) REDUCE the speed limit outside the school to 20mph and include School Zone warning signs,
- b) UPGRADE the zebra crossing to a Smart Puffin crossing, allowing safer crossing and reducing traffic congestion,
- c) EXTEND the existing safety rails.
|68||Sharon Foster||Hastings||I have witnessed many near misses since we lost the lollypop person several years ago.|
|67||Joanne Gibbons||only the other day was half way across the crossing with my son when a car on the other side went straight across.good job he had my hand.what will it take a child to be killed .|
|65||sherrie killick||hastings||my daughter has had near misses on the way to school especially. for there to be a proper crossing would make a huge difference! it shouldn't even need to be fought for, it should be a given precaution to ensure the safety of children.|
|62||leanne foster||hastings||my children go to sandown and its getting very dangerouse outside the school|
|58||leanne streeter||hastings||I have family at the school and dont want anyone hurt|
|57||val housago||hastings||must be done asap|
|56||bruce dowling||Hastings & st leonards||How about the same as they have at Hurst green 20 at school times with flashing lights|
|55||Andy Hiesley||St Leonards on Sea||Keep kids safe!!!!!|
|51||Ann-Marie Johns||Hastings||Cars speeding is of a particular concern to me. There have been a number of occasions where my son has stepped out into the zebra cross and cars have come speeding straight through the crossing. Such a dangerour area.|
|48||Norma Whelan||Hastings||100 percent support this kids safety first always|
|47||Mark Roberts||Hastings||The speed limit is for weekdays only. Please read the document as all your questions should be answered.|
|46||Carole Benton||Hastings||Could the 20mph be temporary weekdays and term time only? The Ridge IS a main through route too.|
|43||Joanie Baxter||Hooe||My grandson attends this school, so anything to keep him safe is good!|
|39||Elinor Starkey||Pevensey||I support this cause|
|37||Gail Harley||This has been an on-going issue which parents, teachers and children are very concerned about. There have been many near misses, poor attitudes from drivers and a general disregard to child safety. These ideas show a solution to an on-going problem.|
|36||Donna Mepham||Hastings||Should bring back the lollipop man always use to have one.|
|35||Emma Tricker||St.Leonards on sea|
|32||sarah clark||hastings||all 3 of my children have been to sandown school, i have witnessed many accidents and near misses. The ideas above are sensible and very much needed!|
|30||Kelly Bryant||Hastings||Save our children|
|23||Lyn Meadows||Hastings||I've witnessed and experienced to many near misses over the years, this crossing MUST stay, and inconsiderate parking near the school must be dealt with as well.|
|21||Bentley Marshall||Hastings||Such a good idea! I've seen lots of near misses!!|
|19||Andy Tapse||Hastings||Great idea to protect and look after the little ones around busy roads|
Main photo shows [L to R] Charlie Lindsay (Headteacher, Sandown Primary School), Cllr Richard Street (Ore, HBC), Mark Roberts (Parent), Sarah Owen (Labour candidate for MP) and Cllr Michael Wincott (Ore, ESCC) with Sandown Primary School children.The zebra crossing outside Sandown Primary School is incredibly dangerous for children and adults. There have been too many near-misses and the traffic will get worse when the Bexhill-Hastings link road is completed.