Development without infrastructure

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I WAS interested to read in the Sussex Express the concerns over speeding on the A271 through Horsebridge.

I note the comment from East Sussex County Council regarding the implementation of road safety improvements on this stretch of the A271, subject to developer funding.

Firstly, there should be no query regarding developer funding, as this was one of the conditions of the original planning application that a package of road improvement measures throughout the local area were secured from the developers of Hellingly Hospital site, and, secondly I have a letter from East Sussex County Council dated 6 July 2010 giving details of four road improvements and traffic calming measures at the western end of Horsebridge and further stating it was hoped these would be provided by the developer within the next 12 to 18 months.

Here we are getting on for nearly two years and to date very little appears to have happened here or, indeed, elsewhere in the village or Hellingly area, yet another example of developers maximising their profits and local residents having to suffer the effects of major developments without the sufficient infrastructure being in place.

The developers have already ‘escaped’ their commitment to provide a primary school on site and it looks as if the same could well happen with regard to road and traffic issues with the local population having to continue to live with concerns and worries about residents’ safety and no one seems to be able to do anything about it, not even our over stretched police force.

M Bennett, Horsebridge, Hailsham