Residents sign petition to stop cyclists using street

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RESIDENTS in Mill Road, Lewes, are signing up to a petition objecting to a section of the proposed Ringmer-Lewes cycle path coming down their street.

The petition has been organised by local Liberal Democrat councillors James MacCleary and Rosalyn St Pierre.

The cycle path is widely supported by local councillors and residents, but the decision of East Sussex County Council to route it along Mill Road has been met with dismay by residents.

Cllr MacCleary said: “Everyone I’ve spoken to supports the idea of a cycle path between Lewes and Ringmer.

“However, the obvious route to take is to continue from where the section ends on the road coming out of Ringmer towards Lewes, across Earwig Corner with the installation of some traffic lights, and then through Malling into the town.

“Instead, the County Council is proposing the path turns off up a track before Earwig Corner, run over the top of the hill and then down Mill Road where cyclists will still have to cross the A26.

“This will result in the loss of parking down one side of Mill Road which already has an acute lack of parking.”

Cllr St Pierre said: “ I have already had meetings with the planning team on the site in order to highlight the problem of the narrow width of the road.

“I have emphasised that young riders going down the steep hill meet the junction withh the A26 where sight lines are very poor.”

She added: “However, these concerns are still not recognised so now Cllr MacCleary and I are putting together a petition to put more pressure on East Sussex County Council to re-think this plan and take a serious look at the alternative.”

Elsewhere, there were long delays during the rush hour on Tuesday morning because of an accident involving four vehicles. One lane blocked of the A27 was blocked, leaving queueing traffic eastbound before the Kingston Roundabout.

The accident involved three cars and a van. Police directed traffic and there was congestion to Falmer.