Easbourne is promised its signalised ‘panda’ crossing

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Easebourne is still no nearer recruiting a ‘lollipop lady’ to help schoolchildren across the busy A286, but the long awaited crossing will be installed next year.

That was the message from West Sussex County Council (WSCC) when parish councillor Mike Noble asked for a progress report at its north of the Downs county local committee.

Mike said it was more than a year since Easebourne Primary School had lost both its ‘lollipop ladies’. They were getting nowhere with recruiting someone for the post on the A286 for children crossing to Wheelbarrow Castle and the village was still some 18 months away from getting a signalised crossing which would help safety concerns.

“In a lot of instances parents are now refusing to walk to school and they are driving their children.”

But chairman of the committee Michael Brown said: “It’s quite difficult to recruit lollipop people. The wages aren’t good, the hours are short and it’s a split shift. The county council is continuing to try and remedy the situation.” But he said there was money earmarked in next year’s budget for the signalised ‘panda’ crossing on the A286: “I promise we will do our level best to do it next year.”

Head of highways, Jonathan Ullmer said the design and feasibility had been done and it would come forward early in the year.

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