The Shadow Roads Minister has visited schools in Hastings and St Leonards to show his support for Sarah Owen’s Safely To School campaign.
Sarah, Labour’s Hastings and Rye General Election candidate, is campaigning with teachers and pupils for better road safety measures in the area and contacted Richard Burden MP to ask for his support.
Richard Burden met with staff and children at St Paul’s CofE School and Sandown Primary School to find out more as he believes road safety around schools is a priority.
There should be no price on a child's head and we must act now before it's too late," Sarah Owen.
At Sandown Primary School they are campaigning for a 20mph speed limit, safety barriers and a new crossing to be put in place, while at St Paul’s CofE School they want to save Lollypop men and women from the chop.
Richard Burden MP, Labour’s Shadow Roads Minister, said: “Since 2010 Ministers have shown that they are out of touch with road safety concerns.
“They have axed targets to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads and their cuts mean that up to two thirds of local authorities are losing the lollipop men and women who’ve been keeping our children safe for so many years.
“As part of Labour’s Policy review we are looking at how best to support councils to create safe routes to school, and give children and parents the confidence to cycle and walk too. Where 20mph zones are being considered we are making the areas around schools our priority.
“It’s not right that parents, teachers and children in Hastings and Rye fear that they can’t get to school safely. That’s why I’m pleased to be supporting Sarah’s campaign.”
Sarah has started a petition calling for improvements which people can sign up to online at sarahowen.org.uk/safelytoschool
Sarah said: “I was moved to act when primary school pupils first wrote to me, expressing their concerns about speeding traffic outside schools.
“With more cars on our roads and cuts to road safety budgets, schools across Hastings and Rother will find their lollipop attendants under threat like St Paul's, or vital road safety improvements delayed like St Michael's and Sandown schools.
"There should be no price on a child's head and we must act now before it's too late."