A campaign to get a safe road crossing at a primary school that’s close to a busy port was launched by Labour’s Peter Kyle, parents and councillors on Friday 15th November.
Parents at St Peters School say there is no safe place for their children to cross despite it being close to an industrial estate, a busy port and a major road.
Parents, who recently presented a petition to the council, say there have been several near misses and that it’s just a matter of time before a child is seriously injured.
Yet the committee in charge of making improvements is refusing to prioritise the issue and continues to insist that the road is safe.
Why do we have to ask for a crossing to keep our children safe? Shouldn’t it be a ‘given’ that vulnerable people can access their community facilities without undue harm," Rae Powers, parent.
Peter Kyle, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in Hove and Portslade, said: “The fact that 800 people signed a petition in support of installing a crossing shows the depth of concern in the local community.
“Why Pete West, the Green councillor in charge of relevant committee, would want to stall and delay making some simple road safety measures is baffling.”
Peter has joined forces with an alliance of community groups to launch the Give The Kids A Crossing For Christmas’ campaign ahead of Road Safety Week.
Rae Powers, whose child attends the school, said: “Why do we have to ask for a crossing to keep our children safe? Shouldn’t it be a ‘given’ that vulnerable people can access their community facilities without undue harm.”
The campaign is urging local residents to contact Pete West, Chair of Environment & Sustainability Committee, and ask that road safety measures are implemented at St. Peter’s School before Christmas.