Apologies from council over delays to crossing outside Portslade school

The Argus: Rae Powers who is leading the campaign, head teacher Michele Lawrie and Councillor Alan Robins Rae Powers who is leading the campaign, head teacher Michele Lawrie and Councillor Alan Robins

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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8:58am Sat 11 Jan 14

Cgull says...

If it's not in a Green ward the Greens couldn't give a stuff.
If it's not in a Green ward the Greens couldn't give a stuff. Cgull

9:22am Sat 11 Jan 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

If it was a 20MPH issue or another bus/cycle lane it would have been done quick enough.
Infants don't vote They are quick enough to bullshot about road safety to enforce their anti car ideology but when it actually comes to something like this they show their true colours.
Maybe they are too busy trying to bully away the speed trials at the moment?
Les than 16 months of these saddos left Will there be a City left after?
If it was a 20MPH issue or another bus/cycle lane it would have been done quick enough. Infants don't vote They are quick enough to bullshot about road safety to enforce their anti car ideology but when it actually comes to something like this they show their true colours. Maybe they are too busy trying to bully away the speed trials at the moment? Les than 16 months of these saddos left Will there be a City left after? upsidedowntuctuc

12:08pm Sat 11 Jan 14

micklin says...

I just can't see the need for a crossing in St Peters Road, Its a very quiet road only moderately busy when the school run mums drive their kids to school. Walk your kids to school, its good for them and the environment !
I just can't see the need for a crossing in St Peters Road, Its a very quiet road only moderately busy when the school run mums drive their kids to school. Walk your kids to school, its good for them and the environment ! micklin

1:15am Sun 12 Jan 14

Dave At Home says...

The actions of the council makes me wonder what is going on sometimes and who will benefit from certain things. For example, the little bit of road kerb that sticks out on the mini roundabout outside number 35 Trafalgar Road, Portslade was put there to help people cross the road because it is so busy there and it is on one of these walk to schools routes, it would also make vehicles slow down a bit when travelling North/South on Trafalgar Road, and this is the official word on it. But if you look at it, there is no way anyone would cross in the middle of a roundabout.
I was told another unofficial story that someone who lives next door to the incursion, could not 'back' her car out safely onto Trafalgar Road without some large truck taking her rear end off of it. When I pointed out that it was illegal to reverse out onto a main road I was then meet by a wall of silence. I know which story I believe and would love to know why someone is given favours so they can break the law when driving off a main road onto private property. If this is the reason it was done, then someone needs to be removed from office and have their rights and pension stopped immediately. It doesn't take a degree to look at it and work out which story fits either, google it and see for yourself.
The actions of the council makes me wonder what is going on sometimes and who will benefit from certain things. For example, the little bit of road kerb that sticks out on the mini roundabout outside number 35 Trafalgar Road, Portslade was put there to help people cross the road because it is so busy there and it is on one of these walk to schools routes, it would also make vehicles slow down a bit when travelling North/South on Trafalgar Road, and this is the official word on it. But if you look at it, there is no way anyone would cross in the middle of a roundabout. I was told another unofficial story that someone who lives next door to the incursion, could not 'back' her car out safely onto Trafalgar Road without some large truck taking her rear end off of it. When I pointed out that it was illegal to reverse out onto a main road I was then meet by a wall of silence. I know which story I believe and would love to know why someone is given favours so they can break the law when driving off a main road onto private property. If this is the reason it was done, then someone needs to be removed from office and have their rights and pension stopped immediately. It doesn't take a degree to look at it and work out which story fits either, google it and see for yourself. Dave At Home

11:13am Mon 13 Jan 14

brightonhove41 says...

micklin wrote:
I just can't see the need for a crossing in St Peters Road, Its a very quiet road only moderately busy when the school run mums drive their kids to school. Walk your kids to school, its good for them and the environment !
The point is that the kids want to walk to school but cant because of the heavy vehicles for Shoreham Port/industrial estate at that time of day.
[quote][p][bold]micklin[/bold] wrote: I just can't see the need for a crossing in St Peters Road, Its a very quiet road only moderately busy when the school run mums drive their kids to school. Walk your kids to school, its good for them and the environment ![/p][/quote]The point is that the kids want to walk to school but cant because of the heavy vehicles for Shoreham Port/industrial estate at that time of day. brightonhove41

2:27pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Brighton1000 says...

micklin wrote:
I just can't see the need for a crossing in St Peters Road, Its a very quiet road only moderately busy when the school run mums drive their kids to school. Walk your kids to school, its good for them and the environment !
You **** ****! I nor most people can see a need for more upon more cycle lanes nor the idealistic plans this awful council is implementing. The one thing they should be doing (if safety was really their main aim) they are not! This just shows how incompetent and awful this council is. How about Disabled children you ignorant idiot, you expect them to walk too? A crossing outside a school is pretty obviously a good idea for our kids, How dare you cast such an ignorant point of view!!!
[quote][p][bold]micklin[/bold] wrote: I just can't see the need for a crossing in St Peters Road, Its a very quiet road only moderately busy when the school run mums drive their kids to school. Walk your kids to school, its good for them and the environment ![/p][/quote]You **** ****! I nor most people can see a need for more upon more cycle lanes nor the idealistic plans this awful council is implementing. The one thing they should be doing (if safety was really their main aim) they are not! This just shows how incompetent and awful this council is. How about Disabled children you ignorant idiot, you expect them to walk too? A crossing outside a school is pretty obviously a good idea for our kids, How dare you cast such an ignorant point of view!!! Brighton1000

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