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Apologies from council over delays to crossing outside Portslade school
Transport bosses have apologised after leaving campaigners waiting to find out if a crossing would be installed outside a school.
Parents and children at St Peter’s Primary School made an impassioned plea to Brighton and Hove city councillors in October for safety measures in St Peter’s Road, Portslade.
With the south coast’s busiest port on its doorstep, industrial units nearby and a major arterial road just yards away, they claimed they have to avoid trucks and large lorries on the school run – without the support of a crossing patrol.
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Despite Green councillor Pete West promising a report looking into road crossing requests would be discussed at January’s transport committee meeting, officials have missed the deadline, as more work is needed.
‘Disgrace’ But ward councillor Alan Robins said: “It is a disgrace that the report we were all promised has been delayed.
“Parents and children in South Portslade have already been waiting long enough for these much-needed road safety improvements.
“By placing this issue on the back burner yet again, the Green-led council is putting the safety of children in South Portslade at risk.”
A council spokesman said: “The residents were informed that a report on this issue would be brought to the January 14 committee.
“Since then the technical design assessment has been completed by officers. This has concluded that there is only one location that may be suitable for a formal crossing.
“Further survey and public consultation work will be necessary.
“Officers are proposing a meeting with the petitioners and ward councillors before further work is undertaken to discuss the findings and to agree the best way forward.
“While work has progressed it is not yet practical to bring a report to committee.”
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