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.
Safely to School: Sandown Primary School petition
This petition is now closed.
End date: Apr 10, 2014
Signatures collected: 123
|123||june culzac||battle||Its about time something is done.|
|120||richard read||hastings||the crossing is very dangerious|
|119||Laura Wright||St Leonard's on Sea|
|118||Anna Sturdey||Bexhill On Sea|
|114||Janet Jupe||East Sussex||The road safety of all the students at Sandown Primary is paramount.|
|113||sally cook||leicester||speed limit shouldn't exceed 20mph outside all schools in Britain!|
|106||Rosemary Osborn||Hastings||Police should also monitor parking on yellow lines adjacent to the school entrance|
|104||Ian Phillips||St.Leonards on Sea||Safety for young schoolchildren should be paramount and No.1 on any agenda.|
|101||Nicholas Miller||Hastings||Speeding is endemic on our roads and should be better controlled, especially near schools. The petition makes reasonable demands.|
|100||Gill Levett||Hastings||Too many cars continue across the current zebra crossing putting children at risk|
|99||maureen cooper||this is long overdue ; it`s amazing that an accident hasn`t happened|
|98||Monika Peel||My daughter goes to this school and I really would rather the children be safe.|
|94||John Wilson||Hastings||We should look after our children, they are the future of Hastings.|
|93||PATRICIA FENN||Hastings||This is highly needed for the safety of all children|
|88||MARIA CROUCH||ST.LEONARDS-ON-SEA, EAST SUSSEX||I AM A MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER AND SUPPORT THIS PETITION.|
|87||peter cirket||hastings||it needs a puffin crossing as the road is very busy at school times cars dont stop and it will only get worse when the new bypass is up and runnibg , it also needs the railings to be exstented on both sides and better road markings, and also new school sign up and down the ridge and maybe a new 20 mph speed limit by the school|
|86||Nigel Sinden||St Leonards-on-sea||Well done.|
|84||tania charman||st leonards on sea||simple measures to ensure childrens safety, this is a small request.|
|83||peter Knight||St Leonards On Sea|
|81||Louise Carlyle||St Leonard's on Sea||I support this campaign|
|80||Mike Howard||St Leonards on Sea|
|79||Michael Foster||St Leonard's on sea|
|78||paul barnett||same needs doing outside The Bridge on Priory Road where vehicles speed away from the speed camera two hundred yards away, and are at their fastest just outside this important family centre used extensively by parents and under fives.|
|76||ANDREW CARTWRIGHT||ST LEONARDS ON SEA|
|75||Georgiana de Lussy||St Leonards on sea||Childrens' safety is paramount and The Ridge is a fast road and it is disgraceful the we are petitioning for something which should already have been implemented years ago|
|74||Paul Barlow||St Leonards|
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.