Lancing pupils call for a safe pedestrian crossing by their school
Bright clothes were worn by pupils and teachers in Lancing on Thursday to raise awareness of the urgent need for a pedestrian crossing near their school.
A group from the Globe Academy in Irene Avenue were joined by councillors for a visit to the proposed site of the crossing in Crabtree Lane.
The idea to wear bright coloured clothes was suggested by councillor George Barton.
Bright Days is the initiative of the road safety charity Brake, which promotes the colourful dress down days to highlight the risks faced by pedestrians and the importance of drivers slowing down.
Ricky Leigh, headteacher, said: “This is a great opportunity for the school to engage with the community as the crossing would bring a much needed and safe crossing point for our pupils as well as for others who attend local nurseries and secondary schools or just need to cross the road safely.”
Councillor Carol Albury said: “Councillor Barton and I agree with the school that there is a great need for the crossing and are working very hard with West Sussex County Council to make sure this project is given the importance it deserves.
“It was great to be able to join the school’s very own councillors and accompany them in a walk to the proposed site.”
The issue of a crossing has been discussed by the travel plan group at the Globe Academy, which consists of councillors, governors, parents and school leaders.
Ricky Leigh thanked all those who took part in the Bright Day.
“Without their help it would never have got off the ground,” he said.
A county council spokesman said: “This scheme has been suggested to us as part of the Community Highways Scheme programme.
“Cabinet Members will be deciding in December which of these are suitable to go ahead.
“West Sussex County Council will inform all applicants of their progress in due course.”