Residents’ plea for lower speed limit is rejected

St Philips Avenue  Eastbourne Road Calming SUS-150422-144929001
St Philips Avenue Eastbourne Road Calming SUS-150422-144929001

A petition asking for traffic calming measures to be put in place on St Phillip’s Avenue has been unsuccessful after the county council deemed it ‘not of a sufficient priority’.

The petition was presented to the chairman of East Sussex County Council at a meeting on October 21, 2014. It included 16 self completion surveys from residents in properties along the section of St Philip’s Avenue between Roselands Avenue and Woodgate Road.

The request was for ‘some form of traffic calming measures to be put in place (not speed bumps), preferably a 20mph speed limit and a form of allowing only one vehicle at a time through certain parts of the road (St Phillip’s Avenue)’.

Residents hope the installation of such measures would ‘make the road less desirable as a cut through and slow the traffic down to levels where the houses do not vibrate and it is much safer for people to cross the road’.

The request for traffic calming was assessed using the scheme prioritisation process for local transport improvements to determine whether it could be considered for possible funding through the capital programme for local transport improvements.

This included a seven day speed survey and a site meeting where an indicative estimate of £40,000 was drawn up for the desired traffic calming measures along the specific stretch of road.

However, following the scheme prioritisation process, it was determined that St Phillip’s Avenue didn’t achieve the benchmark score to enable it to be taken forward for further consideration. This was due to the fact there is a relatively good safety record around the location, meaning the scheme is unlikely to achieve any accident savings.

The county council has advised the concerned residents to approach Eastbourne Borough Council to see if it would support an application for St Phillip’s Avenue to be considered for match funding through the County Council’s Community Match Initiative.

The initiative was launched in June 2014 and aims to help communities take forward transport improvements that are locally important, but not of sufficient priority to be fully funded by the county council.

While the local community is responsible for raising funds and consultation, there is potential for match funding of up to 50 per cent of the design and construction costs of schemes that are selected for inclusion in the programme.