‘You take your life into your own hands’

Residents in Park Road, Hellingly are worried about the dangerous road.''James Hoad and Tim Matthews
Residents in Park Road, Hellingly are worried about the dangerous road.''James Hoad and Tim Matthews
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A FATAL accident is likely to happen unless speed limits are brought down straight away on a stretch of road.

That is the view of neighbours living in Longfield Cottages in Park Road, a quiet cul-de-sac near the Hellingly Hospital development, where a 40mph limit is planned from August – less than the current 60mph.

But James Hoad and his neighbour Tim Matthews are not happy with the approach taken by East Sussex County Council. They want the speed limit reduced as soon as possible. A public consultation on the issue has also only just been issued, said Mr Hoad, giving a July deadline – barely enough time to reply. Mr Hoad told the Sussex Express that ‘you take your life into your own hands’ when stepping out near the road.

He said: “I’m concerned about the speed going down the road and I think somebody is going to get seriously injured  before too long.”

Mr Hoad’s son was nearly hit by a car blasting along the road at speed during a road rage incident, he said.

A woman in the neighbourhood also nearly got smashed by a car when she fell over near the road a couple of months ago, according to Mr Hoad. He said some people were driving out of the nearby Park Estate too fast.

A county council spokesman said: “We appreciate that people would like to see action as soon as possible on this issue, but the necessary consultation, design and legal procedures do take time.

“We are proposing to reduce the speed limit on Park Road and part of New Road, Hellingly, from the national speed limit of 60mph to 40mph.

“This reduced speed limit and other highway improvements will be funded by Persimmon Homes as part of a building development.

“The proposals are currently out to formal consultation for local people to have their say. The public objection period is due to be completed by mid August and, if there are no objections, the new limits could be operational before September 1. Although, this may seem like a long process, it is important to make sure we listen to the views of local people and make sure any proposals meet the required design and safety standards.”