Parents petition for crossing near school

jpco-9-10-13 Parents petitioning for pedestrian crossing in Maidenbower. (Pic by Jon Rigby)
jpco-9-10-13 Parents petitioning for pedestrian crossing in Maidenbower. (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Parents and teachers in Maidenbower are campaigning for a pedestrian crossing on a busy road which pupils cross to get to school.

Parent Lorraine Grigg has set up a petition pressing for West Sussex County Council to install a crossing at the junction of Pallingham Drive with Harper Drive.

She said: “Quite a lot of parents over the course of many years rang the council and the council have been down and every single time they say there is not a big enough need.

“It’s as if they are penalising kids who live down this end of Maidenbower. There is a need for it, they just don’t want to spend the money.”

A few years ago the Brook School did a survey of traffic going down Pallingham Drive.

Lorraine, whose son now goes to that school, said: “Being a driver myself you know they’re going above 30mph. I would say on average they go about 40mph. If a kid gets hit at 40 they are going to die.

“People are choosing to drive instead of walk [to school], which is going against everything the council and Government are trying to do.

“At school drop off times, it’s particularly busy and that’s when we’re crossing the road with our kids. It’s a major cut through to the motorway.

Headteacher of Maidenbower Infant School Alison Collins said: “We would welcome a pedestrian crossing in Pallingham Drive. Any measure to ensure children’s safety should be a priority.”

The Brook School is encouraging all parents to support the bid for a crossing.

A county council spokesman said: “If community support and local member support is demonstrated, it will be put on the community issues shortlist.

“Members of the County Local Committee select top priorities once per year. After considering budget and resources these go forward for planning and eventual implementation. This year’s priorities were selected at the CLC meeting held on 12 September 2013. The petition will be considered within this process.”

To sign the petition go to epetition.westsussex.public-i.tv/epetition_core/view/pallinghamdrive. The deadline for signatures is December 24. There are also paper copies at Maidenbower’s primary schools, the Co-op and the vets in Maidenbower Square.