Let’s stop the traffic hysteria

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From: Paul Humphreys

Chichester Close

The current consultation, about traffic between Hailsham and Eastbourne, is a good example of how not to get people to understand the issues.

The county council have been predicting for years that local traffic congestion at peak times will be bad.

Their choices are either keep the current dominance of cars and face near gridlock at peak times or make a 10 per cent ‘modal shift’ to buses, bikes and feet.

So the first step is to get people to make a choice and accept the consequences.

Assuming people choose the second option it means less parking on main roads and more priority for pedestrians as well as bus and cycle lanes.

Now look at the over- reaction in your paper from Cllrs Murdoch, Belsey and Freebody over what was described as ‘cycle routes along Wish Hill and Coopers Hill with grass verges concreted’.

There can only be 30m affected! I suggest people look at the plans. Much the same can be said for ‘ripping up green verges’ on Willingdon Road.

It is a pavement widening scheme to let children cycle to school.

Choose between congestion or a different balance of traffic but let us stop the hysteria.