When I moved into Seaford seven years ago I was pleased to observe the rebuilding of the A27 between Lewes and Beddingham, only to be dismayed when it turned out to be a three-lane road. Who was responsible for such a short-sighted decision, which causes long queues and delays at the Lewes end during the evening rush hour? As our Lib Dem MP, Norman Baker, claims credit for most things, is he responsible, or can it be blamed on county council or Central Government parsimony?
East Sussex desperately needs effective East-West roads to link the North-South A23, A22 and A21 routes. Strategically, any major expenditure should be prioritised to extend the A27 dual carriageway eastwards towards Polegate to link with the A22 and if money is tight the work should be done in stages. If £75 million is simply to be spent or minor improvements along the existing single carriageway from Beddingham to Polegate, it will be another opportunity missed.