A CAMPAIGN calling for a crossing to help children get to school more safely has taken a big step.
Candy Bromage collected just under 1,400 signatures, calling for a safe crossing point in Upper Shoreham Road, and handed the petition to West Sussex County Councillor, Angie Mills last week.
Mum-of-two Candy said: “I was really pleased with the number of people who signed. Everybody was in agreement with us.”
Two weeks ago, the Herald reported how Candy and fellow parents and neighbours wanted to see a crossing, between the Holmbush roundabout and Southlands Hospital, so children could use it on the way to Glebe Primary School and Shoreham Academy.
Parents said the stretch of road was so dangerous, they would not allow their children to walk to school, and so drove them instead.
Mrs Mills, who is also chairman of the Adur County Local Committee (CLC), which can allocate road safety priorities for the area, said she was happy to get on board with the campaign.
“There are a lot of schools in the area, and it is a very dangerous road for children to cross,” she said.
“Most of the parents are taking their children to school by car, which is exactly what we are trying to avoid.
“Of course, it’s not just children who need to cross the road, it’s elderly and vulnerable people too.”
The petition will taken to the next meeting of the CLC, on May 24, where solutions will be discussed, but there was a long road ahead for the scheme, said Mrs Mills.
“It will not be done for a while, because it has to go through various procedures,” she said.
Any scheme would also need to be examined by the county council’s highways department.
Candy said it was “brilliant” that Mrs Mills had joined the fight.
“It is a shame they can’t get it done in six months, but we knew that was very unlikely.
“Hopefully, by this time next year, we will have something.”
She thanked everyone who had put their name to the campaign.
She said: “Just thank you for everyone’s support.
“We will carry on until there is a crossing there.”
At the start of the campaign, Candy, mum to 14-year-old Tadley, and Mitchell, 10, told the Herald: “We want a tunnel, a bridge, a zebra crossing, and pelican crossing. We don’t care how they do it. As long as it’s safe.
Kim Lee, of Greenways Crescent, said she agreed with there was a need for a crossing: “I have two kids, and I won’t let them cross the road to school, so I drive. A lot of people do.”
Glebe head teacher Ann Walton also got behind the call, and wrote to the council’s highways department.
She said: “We want as many children as possible to walk, scoot or ride to school, but that’s impossible because of the dangerous road.”