A new look is set to be given to next year’s Uckfield road safety day for primary school children.
The remit will be widened to address wider child safety concerns.
The decision was taken on Monday (July 23) by Uckfield Town Council’s environment and leisure committee.
They have set a provisional date of June 19 for next year’s event, which will be re-named.
Committee members received a report on this year’s event, held last month on the Luxford Field.
Pressure on resources meant Sussex Police and British Transport Police, which had indicated they would attend, did not do so in the end.
Network Rail no longer provides such a community service.
A new participant was the Coastguard.
Schools attending this year were Manor, Harlands, Rocks Park, St Philip’s and Holy Cross.
Schools from neighbouring villages, who are invited, did not attend – the most common reason, the report to councillors said, was an inability to provide accompanying staff and helpers as a result of budget cuts.
The report said the council’s road safety working group was well supported by a team of local residents and paid tribute to the Town Mayor, Cllr Spike Mayhew, for supporting the Southern Rail group, due to its reduced resources. Cllr Mayhew works in the railway industry.
The committee agreed to request an “adequate’ budget for next year’s event and to broaden the nature of the event to include other organisations involved in children’s safety.
Find local organisations in our Uckfield Directory