Safer school travel scheme in Seaford is getting the message across

Launch of school travel scheme, Chyngton School, Millberg Road, Seaford, Carol Edwards & Elise Holliman, local police Mayor and town council with pupils.
Launch of school travel scheme, Chyngton School, Millberg Road, Seaford, Carol Edwards & Elise Holliman, local police Mayor and town council with pupils.

A PROJECT to help make the school journey safer for pupils and parents was launched successfully in Seaford and Alfriston this week.

Think School Travel visited schools to tell pupils about their group on Monday September 25 to encourage everyone to Drive Safely, Park Safely, Walk Safely.

Looking forward, the community group is hoping to expand its safety message to other towns in Sussex.

Mum Carol Edwards, who started the group, said: “It went very well. We had an email from a parent at Seaford Primary School that said just in the last few weeks they have noticed a visible improvement. The message is getting through.”

Think School Travel visited Cradle Hill School, Lexden Road; Seaford Primary School, Wilkinson Way; Annecy School, Sutton Avenue; Seaford Head School, Steyne Road and Alfriston School, North Road on Monday.

On Thursday the group was due to hold a ‘travelling assembly’, including a talk, presentation, a drama and a song.

Every pupil will receive a wrist band, a keyring and a leaflet about the campaign.

Cradle Hill School head teacher Gianni Bianchi added: “I think it is a project that should benefit all children in Seaford.

“The parents group and the children themselves are very active in making the vision a reality and enhancing the safety of all our town’s young children.”

Think School Travel also plans to hold an inter school walk to school week competition this year, with a further two planned for 2013.

Meetings have been held with the schools to help pinpoint issues concerning parking and road safety around schools and support has come from headteachers, police and county cllr Carolyn Lambert.

An Awards For All Big Lottery Fund paid for banners for schools to display on their gates, leaflets and posters and to fund the project throughout the year.

During the launch week older pupils were patrolling as ‘Junior Road Safety Officers’ at school gates, asking parents to drive and park safely.

When parents park close to the school it causes congestion, danger to pedestrians and pollution, the group said.

The campaign aims to stop behaviour such as parking on pavements or across junctions.