Crossing point proposed in traffic calming plans

TRAFFIC calming plans for Ramsay Way are currently under consultation.

The East Sussex County Council proposals include a new crossing point near Peyton Close and Gardner Close, a pedestrian refuge island on Ramsay Way near the junction with Aylesbury Avenue and raised crossing points with build-outs at either side of Wade Close.

The build-outs are designed to slow down vehicles but a resident from the nearby Jervis Avenue has said it will create a ‘snarl-up’ in the surrounding streets. Pam Green says the build-outs in Seaside have caused queues and the same will happen in Ramsay way if the proposals go ahead.

Mrs Green said, “I understand that something is needed to help the children on their way to school but a pedestrian crossing would be fine.”

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said, “People have raised concerns about the speed of traffic in Ramsay Way, especially as parents and children cross the road on their way to and from Haven Primary School. These proposals have been put forward to improve pedestrian safety and make sure that vehicles do not break the 30mph speed limit.

“The build-outs that are included in the proposal for traffic calming are designed to slow down vehicles in the vicinity of the crossing points. Lower vehicle speeds in this area will make it safer for children to cross Ramsay Way on their way to and from school. We are now asking local people for their views on these proposals. The results of the consultation will be reported to our Lead member for Economy, Transport and Environment in October 2011 who will then decide whether to proceed with the scheme.

“If it is approved, peoples comments on the proposals will be used to help shape the final design.”

Questionnaires have been sent out to residents in the area and the final date for responses is August 22.