A wider ranging safety day for primary school children is being launched by Uckfield Town Council.
The day has previously run on the Luxford Field as Road Safety Day but its remit is being extended.
One reason for establishing the Children Stay Safe Day is that many organisations which had previously supported the event are no longer able to.
Town councillors were told that British Transport Police and Sussex Police could not attend as planned because of urgent priorities.
The community rail partnership, which has regularly attended, now has “very limited resources” and needed the support of Cllr Spike Mayhew to run their stand at last June’s event.
Members of the council’s environment and leisure committee were told in a report from a safety day working group:
“Our biggest concern is that how long will organisations be able to support such community activity and how do we have certainty that they will actually appear on the day?
“We had a new stand this year from the HM Coastguards, which was popular and thought to be a good addition.”
Councillors accepted the working group’s plan to widen the day’s brief.
“We can then take a wider view of organisations that have responsibilities around other areas of safety such as rivers and waterways, home safety, basic bicycle maintenance, risks in the countryside, car park hazards, noise awareness etc.
“Having more participating organisations is a critical need.”
Years 3 and 4
The event is aimed at children in Years 3 and 4.
The report added: “There are many organisations who provide ‘safety’ information for our target age group, but most of it is classroom/paper-based activity, videos etc. The group is to investigate the idea of some form of video tent, where such material can be shown.
“Group activities that can be used to occupy waiting groups are to be investigated. The availability of paper-based puzzles/games relating to children’s safety are to be looked into.”
The road safety day was closely associated with the late Jim Molesworth-Edwards, who died in August last year. He is pictured below at an earlier road safety event on the Luxford Field after he had stood down from the town council.