A NEW APPROACH to traffic calming has been organised in Alfriston village.
Some villagers have expressed concerns for a long time about heavy lorries trundling through the village centre.
Three temporary water-filled barriers were placed in the road against the kerb at separate locations within the narrowest part of Alfriston High Street on May 23.
These barriers are intended to encourage drivers to give way to oncoming traffic and deter them from mounting the pavement. East Sussex County Council will also put up extra ‘give way’ signs and paint an extra set of give way markings on the road.
County Cllr Carl Maynard said: “Local people have been telling us that there are problems on this stretch of road and we have been working with SAFE and the Parish Council to help find a way forward. By putting in these temporary barriers we can see whether they are effective and, if they are, we can put in a more permanent version.”
The County Council has been working with Save Alfriston for Everyone (SAFE) and the Parish Council on a project funded by English Heritage to identify a number of potential solutions to the problems caused by traffic travelling though the village.
This can amount to 4,500 vehicles over a 24 hour period. Many residents reported they were worried about the number of vehicles mounting the kerb, causing damage to pavements and medieval buildings, and endangering people travelling on foot. There have been many reports in the Sussex Express of ‘near-misses’ involving pedestrians.
The project, managed by Colin Davis Associates, identified the introduction of the temporary barriers as the first thing that should be tried. At the end of the experiment the results will be gathered and any feedback received.
If it is considered to be a success, the council will then look to make it permanent by replacing the temporary water filled barriers with planters.
Dr June Goodfield, of SAFE, said: “The SAFE campaign appeals to all drivers to understand the problems the village faces and urges patience, not only during the experiment, but whenever driving through Alfriston.
“It is a criminal offence to drive on the pavement and, although it might take longer with the protection in place, drivers will always be able to get through and everyone will be much safer.”
A spoksman for Alfriston Parish Council said: “Alfriston hopes that this experiment will go some way alleviate the problems that occur in the High Street.”