Children’s lives at risk crossing busy Lewes road

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Children from the Landport Estate who attend Wallands School in Lewes have to cross the busy Offham Road at peak times.

It makes for a “nightmare journey”, a local campaigner claimed this week.

Joyce Bell said that until about 10 years ago there was apparently a ‘lollipop lady’. Signs announcing a patrol and children crossing still exist about 100 metres before the point where children cross.

The lights which used to be switched on have been inactive for many years, she said.

Mrs Bell, the prospective Liberal Democrat candidate for East Sussex County Council, is appalled at the danger the children are being placed in. She spoke to parents, who told of their daily worry for their children’s safety.

The speed limit is 40mph from where Offham Road forks from the Nevill Road, and it should be reduced to 30mph, she said. “Parents are horrified by the callous criterion for putting in a crossing – a fatality,” she said.

She asked what the county council was waiting for and queried why a previous request for a crossing at this point on the Offham Road been put aside as non-urgent.

Mrs Bell has mounted a petition for a crossing to be installed. You can email your support to her at joyce.dixon.bell@gmail.com or phone 01273 473263.

You can sign the petition at the Landport Foodstore or at Wallands School.

One parent said: “If there was a crossing my children would be able to walk to school more safely, which would enable me to get a job and start work earlier. That would be brilliant.”

Meanwhile, work to change the road system in the Commercial Square area of Lewes has angered local resident Dominic Rayner.

He asked: “Can anybody justify that ridiculous waste of money being spent on moving the zebra crossing outside The Elephant and Castle pub down the road by just 2.9m?

“I know its coming to the end of the tax year for the county council but this is totally bizarre even by its standards.”

The work is designed to improve the flow of vehicles out of Fisher Street by giving them priority over traffic approaching from the direction of The Elephant and Castle.

Moving the zebra crossing nearer to the junction with St John’s Terrace is part of the scheme.