Success for Five Ashes road safety campaigners

Five Ashes
Five Ashes

Residents are celebrating the news that white lines are to be reinstated and traffic calming measures put in place on a notorious A road which runs through the centre of a village.

But the improvements to the A267 through Five Ashes are ‘not before time’ according to Mayfield parish councillor and safety campaign leader Robert Fitzsimmons.

He said: “This is good news but we’ve been banging on about it for years and why wasn’t something done sooner? I am 90 per cent certain this work has already been paid for out of taxpayers’ cash, so this scheme is probably a total waste of money. We are also waiting to get some co-operation from the police about speed checks on this dangerous road.”

Since the road was resurfaced in August 2012, Mayfield parish councillors, local residents and county councillor Chris Dowling have been calling on the council to reinstate the white lines.

Cllr Dowling paid tribute to energetic villagers saying: Some white lines were not put back in the right place or at all. Along with the parish council and residents, I’ve been chasing the county council and at long last they have said it will be done. There will be additional lines as well and 30mph roundels going down the length of the High Street, new school warning signs and 30mph repeater signs. This is very much down to the persistence of the community and me working alongside them to get this done. There is a high volume of traffic along this road and I fully understand the concerns of residents.”

The Sussex neighbourhood policing team would also be available to support the work of the volunteers on the community speed watch team, he said. On occasion they would be there to stop and talk to speeding drivers.

Brian Banks, East Sussex County Council team manager for road safety, said: “We have been working with the local community to address concerns which have been raised by residents about this stretch of road. In response, we will be installing further road safety features, including new road lining, more speed roundels, improving speed limit signs and replacing some school warning signs, through our maintenance programme.

“This is a good example of the council working with partners, including Mayfield and Five Ashes Parish Council, Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and the Wealden Safer Roads Group, to listen to and address the road safety concerns of residents.”