Lewes police crackdown on ‘cut-through’ drivers

IN response to concerns raised by local residents about traffic problems in Cliffe High Street, Lewes Police carried out a high-visibility ‘day of action’.

Police officers and PCSOs, together with NSL parking enforcement, targeted parking violations and challenged drivers illegally using the pedestrian section of Cliffe High Street as a cut through.

During the course of the day, the owners of 28 vehicles were processed by NSL, with two tickets issued, whilst Sussex Police spoke to a further 54 drivers. A proportion of the drivers stopped were from outside the local area, but the majority were Lewes residents using the route as part of their daily routine.

Several taxis and commercial vehicles were logged as failing to conform to local traffic signs, but the majority of offending vehicles were private cars.

Sergeant David Pye said: “The Cliffe is being used as a cut-through by motorists in contravention of the traffic signs clearly visible at the junctions with Morris Road and Railway Lane. Vehicle access to the precinct is limited to those loading and unloading within set restrictions, disabled drivers and those requiring access to Bear Yard and Foundry Lane.

“It is prohibited for motorists parking behind the old Magistrates’ Court to use Cliffe High Street as a through road to South Street. It is also prohibited for motorists to access the Cliffe High Street pedestrian precinct via Morris Road.

“We have been attempting to educate motorists during this operation, and in general my officers have received a positive response, both from the motorists and local residents. However, failing to conform to these regulations does carry an enforceable sanction of a £30 fixed penalty ticket, and these will be used to target those who continue to ignore the signs.”

Officers from the Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit were also involved in addressing traffic issues in Nevill Road, Lewes, carrying out speed checks in the morning and in Offham Road in the afternoon. Three fixed penalty notices were issued to drivers exceeding the 30mph limit.