Delight as East Wittering school crossing plan moves forward

C101093-2 JPOS July15 Crossing Photo Louise Adams''Parish councillors and governors join the mums and dads at East Wittering Primary School to campaign for the need of a safe crossing for the pupils.
C101093-2 JPOS July15 Crossing Photo Louise Adams''Parish councillors and governors join the mums and dads at East Wittering Primary School to campaign for the need of a safe crossing for the pupils.

Plans for a new £50,000 puffin crossing near East Wittering Community School have taken a step forward.

The county council’s south Chichester local committee authorised the advertisement of proposals for the crossing at Stocks Lane, close to, and to the east of, the school entrance.

Councillors at East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish Council said they were over the moon with the decision.

“The whole parish council supports this project. So many children come from the other side of Stocks Lane and need to cross it without the help of a lollipop man,” said parish clerk Joyce Griffith.

“It is the main road between East Wittering and Bracklesham. People take their lives in their own hands when crossing that road.”

East Wittering Community School said it was delighted with the committee’s decision, made during its last meeting on May 17.

Section 106 money, a pot of cash which is donated as part of an agreement with local developers, will fund the works for the new crossing.

The local committee made its decision to get plans for the crossing moving and said there were no ‘irresolvable objections’.

Councillors heard safety concerns were originally raised in 2009, following difficulties in recruiting a school crossing patrol.

Later that year, a letter was received from Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie, asking further safety improvements near the school should be considered.

This was followed by a local petition for a crossing containing 250 signatures, submitted in 2010 by school governor Ginny Curry.

Assistant divisional highways manager Steve Johnson told the meeting the purpose of the crossing was to enable children to access the school safely at two particular times of the day.

Cllr Pieter Montyn, who represents the local area, strongly supported the idea of a crossing. He said the greater safety to be provided outweighed some local objections.

And Cllr Mark Dunn said: “You aren’t going to please everyone.”

Cllr Peter Jones said he appreciated concerns about problems which might be caused for residents of Wyatt Court during school-time.

But this was a very dangerous section of road, and he backed the crossing.