MP Norman Baker demands answers about accident blackspot in Lewes

Paygate Cottages, Stoneham. Norman Baker, Cllr James MacCleary and Cllr Ross St Pierre meet residents to discuss dangerous road
Paygate Cottages, Stoneham. Norman Baker, Cllr James MacCleary and Cllr Ross St Pierre meet residents to discuss dangerous road

LEWES MP Norman Baker has taken up the cause to improve conditions at a notorious accident blackspot.

He has called for facts and figures regarding Paygate Cottages on the A26 just north of Lewes.

It follows yet another accident at the site in June which closed the road for more than three hours.

Mr Baker, together with fellow Liberal Democrats Cllrs Rosalyn St Pierre and James MacCleary, visited Paygate residents last week to discuss the issue.

Now the MP has written to Rupert Clubb, Director of Economy, Transport and Environment on East Sussex Conty Council, calling for answers to the problems. Mr Baker said: “This remains a worrying accident spot on the county’s highways network and in my view is well overdue for attention.”

He said that plans to take out the dangerous bend in the road had been put forward as long ago as the 1980s, if not before, but practically nothing had happened since then.

The MP demanded to know: The number of accidents which have occured at the location over the last 10 years; the speed of the vehicles involved in the accidents; the direction of travel of vehicles which left the road; the time of day and road conditions which applied.

Mr Baker has also called for confirmation of the width of the road and how this measures up against national standards.

Mr Clubb has also been asked for his views on the camber of the road which Mr Baker says, on observation, slant unhelpfully towards the homes.

The Lewes MP has finally asked what steps East Sussex County Council might take towards improving road safety at the site and what plans might be in the medium term to realign the road.

In October 2006 one of the cottages at Paygate had to be substantially rebuilt after a 12-tonne truck crashed into it, causing £36,000-worth of damage.

The head-on collision between two vehicles in June resulted in a 22-year-old driver being taken to hospital with both arms broken.