Street sign causes confusion in Hailsham

Colin Burtenshaw, Lundy Walk, Hailsham. Poor signage on the estate - ambulances unable to find him etc as the sign coming into the road doesn't say the right name
Colin Burtenshaw, Lundy Walk, Hailsham. Poor signage on the estate - ambulances unable to find him etc as the sign coming into the road doesn't say the right name
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Residents claim an incorrectly placed street sign is causing confusion after ambulances, delivery men and visitors have got lost trying to find their addresses in Hailsham.

The sign for Solent Crescent has been placed on the corner of a block of flats in Lundy Walk - and residents say some visitors find it confusing to find homes in that section of Lundy Walk.

Colin Burtenshaw, 55, from Lundy Walk, said it has become a problem for some people living in the road because people, including ambulances, struggle to find the correct address.

He said: “I had a bit of a fall the other day. I have my own health concerns and anyway I passed out. I called the health service and explained my health condition and they said it would be safer to send out an ambulance to check me over. Anyway, I looked out of my window to see the ambulance driving around and around, obviously unable to see my house because of the sign.

“Luckily I had come too enough to go outside and flag it down. But a lot of people are not in the right state to do that. They sbould not have put the sign there in the first place.”

Mr Burtenshaw said he had complained to Affinity Sutton which provides affordable housing at the development and Taylor Wimpey which owns the site. Affinity Sutton said it had erected a blue bespoke sign on the block of flats to help visitors find the right address.

Mr Burtenshaw said: “We have had a blue A4 sized plaque put up but if you are driving, you are not going to see it. It is bad because we also get people turning up on our doorsteps thinking they are in Solent Crescent and don’t understand or believe us when we say they aren’t! A lot of us have health conditions and we don’t need it.”

A spokeswoman for Affinity Sutton said the blue plaque was put up in December and it had not received any further complaints. The spokeswoman said: “Following concerns from residents moving into the road we have fitted a bespoke sign at Lundy Walk. We are not aware of any further issues from residents.”

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said it was committed to solving the issue and would work with residents. The spokesman continued: “We are aware of the situation and are committed to resolving the issue to the satisfaction of the residents.”