Council sees the light and helps make nursery bright
EAST Sussex County Council has seen the light about poor visibility at a Bexhill nursery and, much to the delight of parents and staff, installed temporary lighting.
Due to the new Bexhill to Hastings link road, the Bexhill High School Nursery, sited at London Road, had to be moved to a temporary site in the old High School dining room.
The building is situated behind King Offa in a wooded, fenced-off area and parents said that poor access and lack of lighting to the nursery was potentially putting lives at risk.
In January, Bexhill dad Craig Weeks, whose son Robert attends the nursery, spearheaded a campaign to rectify the problem and asked East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to install temporary lighting, but was told that there was ‘zero budget’.
Undeterred, he appealed to Bexhill & Battle MP, Greg Barker and Rother District Council leader and ESCC Lead Member for Transport, Cllr Carl Maynard, and the Bexhill Observer ran a story highlighting the situation.
Shortly afterwards, Mr Weeks received the news that ESCC had conceded and would fund a set of lights after all . They are now installed.
Mr Weeks said the lighting has made a tremendous difference, adding: “Its fantastic. The lights are fixed to a fence and run all the way along the alley where previously there was no lighting at all.”
Greg Barker said he is pleased that the outside area of the nursery now has the proper lighting that it needs, and said: “It was unfortunate that this issue wasn’t identified and addressed before the temporary nursery premises were opened but now that Mr Weeks’ positive action and the prompt response from Cllr Carl Maynard, the route to the nursery is much safer for parents, children and staff.”
An ESCC spokesman said the new lights, which were installed in the week beginning the February 11, cost £2,435, adding: “We have taken seriously the concerns which were raised about visibility on the approaches to the nursery’s temporary home . The safety and comfort of the children, parents and staff has to be our primary concern. The lights are a temporary solution until the nursery’s new home is built nearby, but we are pleased to hear that they are making a real difference..”
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