Easebourne school campaign is given an unexpected boost

Easebourne Primary School's year 6 pupils campaigning for a crossing.LA1500104-2 SUS-150421-210624008
Easebourne Primary School's year 6 pupils campaigning for a crossing.LA1500104-2 SUS-150421-210624008
  • Easebourne Primary School has launched a petition for a signalled crossing
  • It needs 3000 signatures to trigger a county council debate
  • The road marking blunder has put the petition in the public eye

A SCHOOL’S campaign for improved road safety has been given an unexpected boost after a road marking blunder.

In September 2013, Easebourne Primary School, on the edge of Midhurst, moved from Easebourne Street to Wheelbarrow Castle and it is now fighting to make getting to school safer.

Pedestrian safety is a top priority for the school

It has now launched a petition for a traffic light-controlled crossing at the school entrance, encouraging drivers to be more cautious and allowing older pupils to walk to and from school independently.

But now West Sussex County Council workmen have painted large ‘School Keep Clear’ markings on the tarmac outside the empty building that used to house the school.

They have admitted it was a mistake.

Yesterday a county council spokesman said: “The lines were repainted back on by the contractor after the road was treated with surface dressing.

“To fix the problem we are going to cover the lines over with another surface dressing, at a cost of about £500.”

But the blunder has given the school the chance to highlight its petition.

It needs 3,000 signatures before the request triggers a debate at West Sussex County Council.

To sign, visit http://epetition.westsussex.public-i.tv/epetition_core

The school has discovered since its move to Wheelbarrow Castle that the road is used as a shortcut from Petworth to Haslemere, and speeding traffic is making it unsafe for schoolchildren. Children, parents, teachers and governors are pressing for the crossing to be installed.

Parent governor Jo Asman said: “Pedestrian safety is a top priority for the school. A permanent signalised crossing on Wheelbarrow Castle would help keep children safe throughout the day as they cross with their families into the school grounds.”

Year 6 school councillor Katie said: “This will make the parents feel much more confident for their children to walk to school.”

Year 4 school councillor Erin added: “If we have these traffic lights the children at our school won’t be in as much danger as they are now.”