Proposed action to combat rat-running near Hailsham ‘unacceptable’

Collision in Arlington (submitted). SUS-150715-143528001
Collision in Arlington (submitted). SUS-150715-143528001

Proposed action to tackle rat-running near Hailsham is ‘unacceptable’ according to campaigners.

More than 350 residents of Arlington and Caneheath have signed a petition calling on East Sussex County Council to improve road safety around Arlington as motorists are using the route as a cut-through from the A27 to the A22.

While a report due to go to the cabinet member for highways and environment on Monday July 20 has rejected the idea of lowering speed limits, it has recommended a review of warning signs, road markings and verge marker posts to make drivers more aware of the alignment of the road.

However members of Speed Action Group Arlington (SAGA) have criticised the officers’ report as ‘lacking any real rigour and in-depth analysis’.

A joint statement from SAGA’s Steve Keogh, Lindy Gillam, and Tony Johnson reads: “We the Arlington and Caneheath communities are considered ‘not a priority’ by the county council lead member who wrote this report and moreover recommends a very basic review of warning signs and road markings.

“This is clearly unacceptable to our communities and we will continue to petition until a more comprehensive resolution is achieved.

“We will be attending the lead member’s meeting on Monday at County Hall, Lewes, to express our deep concern at the outcome of this initial report.”

They expressed concerns that vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders were being ‘put at extreme risk by speeding traffic’ on a daily basis.

According to the group while other villages have effective road safety and traffic control measures these are ’virtually non-existent’ in Arlington and Caneheath.

Those that do are in place were in an ‘extreme state of disrepair and have been neglected for many years’.

The county council could also agree to carry out speed surveys at three separate locations.

The report reads: “If a lower speed limit was introduced it would be necessary to provide repeater signs at regular intervals along the roads.

“Experience has shown that there is a risk that some drivers would see repeater signs as a target and be encouraged to increase their speed accordingly.

“The results of the speed surveys will help to provide us with a clearer idea of the speed of traffic using the rural country lane around Arlington.”

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