Petition plea against ‘unacceptably large volume’ of traffic in Lewes

Work in Sun Street, Lewes - RE: Norman Baker's concerns over road collapse
Work in Sun Street, Lewes - RE: Norman Baker's concerns over road collapse

A petition protesting against the “unacceptably large volume” of traffic using a Lewes street has been presented to East Sussex County Council.

It was submitted by Robin Charlton and called for action to help the residents of Sun Street by reducing the number of vehicles using it.

He pointed out it was an extremely narrow residential road made up of mainly small houses built early in the 19th century and occupied by a mixture of private owners and council tenants, many of whom are quite elderly.

Mr Charlton said: “The condition of the road is very bad, and the pavements are narrow and also in poor condition.” Sun Street was in an area of town where the needs of residents “tend to be neglected” by both the county council and Lewes District Council, he said.

He is also concerned about plans to alter traffic priority at the junction of Fisher Street and Commercial Square, and move the pedestrian crossing currently opposite The Elephant and Castle. Mr Charlton fears the measures would increase traffic speeds and be a danger to pedestrians.