Following several years of campaigning, Upperton Lib Dem councillors Pat Rodohan, Robin Maxted and Sammy Choudhury and the Chair of Upperton Neighbourhood Panel, Kathy Ballard, gained funding from Sussex Police’s Community Safety Partnership fund to make Gildredge Park safer. The funding will ensure eight heritage style lampposts are added along the paths between the entrances at The Goffs and Compton Place Road, and from that path to the entrance at Saffrons Road.
With national news highlighting Sarah Everard’s violent end, the case for the safety of women is not difficult to make. The case for the children, teenagers and parents crossing the park to and from Gildredge House School is compelling too. Gildredge House and students also supported the Councillors’ bid. Since its establishment in 2013, school numbers have grown to a capacity 1,200 students and many now cross the park from home to school, even in the darker winter months.
Eastbourne students and their parents are being encouraged to walk, scoot or cycle to school, and Upperton Lib Dem councillors want them to be able to do so safely. Upperton Lib Dem councillors are campaigning for the area around Gildredge House School to become a School Safety Zone, and improved lighting through this important access route will be a critical improvement in that project.
Kathy Ballard as Chair of the Upperton Neighbourhood Panel said,
“I am delighted that Gildredge Park has received this funding for much needed lighting. This will go some way to making the park feel safer.”