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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

LOLLIPOP PATROL TURNED DOWN

June 30, 2013 4:33 PM

Shinewater Crossing

East Sussex County Council has turned down a plea for the school crossing patrol in Milfoil Drive, outside Shinewater Primary School to be reinstated.

Langney Lib Dem Councillor Alan Shuttleworth addressed the meeting on behalf of the petitioners, which included the school Governors, teachers, parents as well as local community groups. The Council's Cabinet member for Transport and Environment, Conservative Councillor Carl Maynard, refused the request as he said "Milfoil Drive does not meet the criteria for the patrol to be supported by the County Council, in respect to the traffic count and reported incidents at the site". The County Council had carried out a count of the number of vehicles and the number of people crossing and it didn't reach the required numbers.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth said, "It is not acceptable to wait until there is a serious accident before taking action. Parents have reported "near misses" at this congested site. Children's safety is paramount. We need safe crossing points for children going to and from school."

Eastbourne's MP, Stephen Lloyd added, "I visit all the schools and I believe that the County Council should be much more concerned to improve road safety, with the provision of more traffic calming measures, school safety 20MPH zones and safer crossing points."

Councillor Maynard commented that if campaigners could identify an alternative source of paying for a school lollipop person, or even an unpaid volunteer can be found, the County Council would train and manage the patrol person. The Council agreed to keep the situation under review.

Fellow Langney Councillor, Troy Tester added, "We are pressing the Council to reconsider its policy in light of the large numbers of people who cross Milfoil Drive between the Co-op down to the Children's Centre.",

Cllr Shuttleworth is investigating ways to joint-fund the crossing patrol, and has asked the County Council and police to review safety measures in Milfoil Drive.