Concerns grow over speeding motorists on Horsebridge Rd

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SPEEDING motorists along the A271 Horsebridge Road at the top of Upper Horsebridge have alarmed not only residents but also police who have ‘exhausted’ options to deal with the problem.

PCSO Wendy Wyatt highlighted the issue in a report for Hailsham Town Council submitted by PS Sergeant Howard Nevill.

In the report, PCSO Wyatt said: “I have exhausted every avenue to discover ‘when’ any calming or improved measures maybe added to the ‘A’ road to encourage drivers to slow down.

“Residents are seriously concerned about the heavy lorries that use the A271 literally causing their properties to shake.

“I admit to have even exhausted every avenue to have a regular police presence on this road with speeding devices.”

Neighbourhood policing teams would be trained to use the speed device in the near future, PCSO Wyatt said.

She added: “The problem occurs in finding a suitable and safe place to use the device on parts of this road nearing the A22 end of it.”

The Sussex Express asked East Sussex County Council for a response to the concerns about speeding raised by Wealden police.

A county council spokesman said: “There are proposals for a number of road safety improvements for the A271 in this area relating to nearby housing developments and subject to developer funding.

“We apologise for the delay in getting back to the local police but we are now talking with them about these proposals and will let them know as they progress.”

Last year Hailsham Town Cllr Nick Collinson began a campaign to stop people breaking the 30mph speed limit along the road.

At the time, he said: “The more I look at the situation of the road, the more concerned over the safety of pedestrian, cyclists and drivers using this stretch of road I become.”

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