Zak the Zebra, mascot of road safety charity Brake, galloped into South Portslade for St Peter’s School road safety day today. Councillors Les Hamilton and Alan Robins were there to help – as was Deputy Leader of the Labour Group, Gill Mitchell and Hove Parliamentary candidate Peter Kyle.
The event was organised to highlight issues with road safety around the school. Parents and teachers at St Peter’s Primary are concerned about pupils’ ability to walk safely to school along the busy Church Road and St. Andrews Road.
The route is notorious; there have been numerous incidents and near misses. Church Road is heavily used by HGVs travelling from Shoreham Harbour to the A27, while St. Andrews is a main bus route with a 30mph limit, which campaigners say often suffers from speeding traffic. St. Peter’s Primary School is set to double its intake over the next three years, and fears are growing of a tragedy being around the corner.
A day of activities revolving around road safety awareness took place. Pupils wrote letters to the council explaining why they need a crossing, and local police and road safety officers gave talks on road safety, including safety around HGVs.
Rae Powers, head of South Portslade Safe Roads Campaign, said: “We are thrilled to have the support of Brake and Zak the Zebra! Our children will enjoy a fun and educational day while the community of South Portslade and St. Peters School continues to make progress on our campaign for safer roads.”
Councillors Les Hamilton and Alan Robins have been fighting for the council to improve road safety around the school since April 2013. They would like to see new crossing points and other safety improvements to protect pupils and local residents from traffic, including signs, barriers and greater driver compliance with the 20mph speed limit on Church Road.