Pupils spread Link Road safety message

Crowhurst School pupils design safety posters to be put up around the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road site
Crowhurst School pupils design safety posters to be put up around the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road site

SPECIAL safety posters created by children from Crowhurst Primary School are to be used on the site of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road.

It follows a visit to the site by the children and a visit to the school by specialist from the Link Road construction team.

They gave talks on engineering, transport, and the environment as well as health and safety, and then answered questions on the history and archaeology of the site, how the road is built and the ecological works that have been taking place around the area.

This was followed by a site visit by 25 children who were given a guided tour, which included areas of archaeological work, bridge building and to parts of the scheme where special environmental measures are being put in place to protect wildlife.

The children then worked to create special posters based around the safety on site and protection of the environment.

Three have been chosen to be placed across the site at key areas to highlight safety.

Bob Pape, East Sussex County Council’s project manager for the Bexhill Hastings Link Road said: “We were delighted to be able to show the local youngsters around the site and explain to them the work that is taking place which will make their life better in the future.

“Our team has a tremendous depth of skill, knowledge and experience and we are delighted to be able to share that with local schools and colleges.”

Crowhurst Primary School headteacher, Andrew Jervis, said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed it and were buzzing all afternoon.

“I look forward to carrying on the link between the school and the project.”

Richard Wall-Morris, the project manager for the contractors Hochtief/Taylor Woodrow, said: “It was great to see the children on site and for them to be so creative with their ideas for safety posters.

“They will be going up across the site to reaffirm our commitment to safety.”

The Link Road team were health and safety expert Paula Hale, from the contractor Hochtief/Taylor Woodrow, environment expert Mark White, from the contractor, and Tony Mears and Graeme Clarke from the sub-contractor Oxford Archaeology.