East Sussex Highways officers are holding a safety audit today (May 10) to test a controversial new road layout outside the Eastbourne Aldi store.
Residents say the new layout, which comes as a result of an entrance to the new Aldi store on Lottbridge Drove, has led to increased congestion on the busy road with drivers queuing to get in and out of the store.
Drivers also regularly report seeing near misses or potential accidents at the entrance.
An East Sussex County Council spokesman said, “The changes to the road layout were carried out by the developer, complying with a number of conditions laid down as part of the planning approval. The design and layout were approved by the county council and an independent auditor prior to work starting.
“As is the case with any new development such as this, an independent safety audit will be carried out to look at traffic flow and any other matters resulting from changes to the road layout, including road safety issues.
“The audit will be carried out today and we expect to have the report from the independent auditor within around two weeks.
“Any observations or recommendations from the report will then be passed to the developer to carry out any appropriate measures that may be required.”
The audit comes as concerned residents launch a petition calling on the council to make urgent for changes to the new road system.
Supporters of the petition, which has been signed 85 times since it was set-up yesterday, have written messages of support online.
Supporter Sharon Titherly said, “Total shambles and a danger to lives. Whoever agreed this should be forced to run the gauntlet hourly to see what it is like.”
Another support Dave Poole said “It’s a farce. Just because ESCC thinks it can’t do anything doesn’t mean they can ignore it when a lot of the problems are of their making.”
The petition is available at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/965/497/222/lottbrigde-roundabout-and-road-into-and-out-of-hampden-park-fiasco-..../?taf_id=24989834&cid=fb_na
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