Residents express safety concerns about C7 Road after serious crash


Residents and councillors have expressed serious concerns about the safety of the C7 Road after a three-vehicle collision last weekend.

Two men, a 38-year-old man from Newhaven and a 64-year-old man from Seaford, were both taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with serious injuries after the crash near Rodmell on Sunday evening (June 7). Three other people also suffered minor injuries.

Vic Ient, district councillor for the area, said: “This was a major accident involving three cars, with all three emergency services being called to the scene. Thankfully, no one was actually killed but I understand people were taken to hospital suffering serious injuries. Whatever the reason, this accident reaffirms the dangers of this winding country lane.

“For many years, local residents have been asking East Sussex County Council to introduce traffic calming measures along its entire route. The danger of the C7 was a frequently expressed concern by villagers during the election.

“At a meeting of the parishes in the Ouse Valley, I asked volunteers to join me in a working party to consider what measures they would like to see implemented. In addition, there is to be a special meeting of the Rodmell Parish Council next week to discuss the major outstanding issues affecting the village, including the dangers of the C7 road.”

Carla Butler, County Councillor for the area, has spoken to the director of transport at East Sussex County Council, Rupert Clubb, and agreed that a meeting will be set up to discuss how the council can help.

A number of local people expressed concern following the three-vehicle crash. Here are some of their comments:

“It’s getting worse. We have nearly been hit several times pulling out of our drive as our house is just off the bend coming in from Newhaven.”

“I fail to understand why the C7 Road markings do NOT comply with those of virtually every other road in the country. Most two-track roads have hatched white lines on straight sections and solid white lines on bends. This gives drivers warning of the road configuration ahead. There is no such warning on the C7.”

“Let’s hope some good can come of it and the council will act to slow that corner down.”

“I’ve seen people overtake cyclists on a blind bend, very scary.”

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