Flooded Hailsham road ‘needs a good tidy up’

A flooded road in Hailsham is causing problems for residents who say the chopped down trees and road signs have been left to block drainage systems.

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 4:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 5:20 pm
Old Swan Lane in Hailsham - Photo by Lewis Isted SUS-200122-155216001

Old Swan Lane has been cause for concern after surface water, poor drainage systems and a housing development site nearby has created the mess, according to local councillor Nick Cleaver.

Cllr Cleaver said, “Trees have been chopped down and road signs have been left in ditches. It needs a good tidy up. The road keeps on flooding whenever we get downpours. Until Highways has sorted out the ditch there is no point resurfacing the road.”

The councillor said the road is affecting all of Lower Mill Road and specifically elderly residents with mobility scooters.

Old Swan Lane in Hailsham - Photo by Lewis Isted SUS-200122-155206001

Local resident Lewis Isted said, “I think it’s a disgrace. This lane has been neglected and left to get in such a state.”

An East Sussex Highways spokesman said, “Having been made aware of the situation by residents, our highways steward has been to inspect Old Swan Lane and has requested repairs to a pothole and a section of the edge of the carriageway that has become eroded.

“We’re aware of flooding along the lane which appears to be linked to the Southern Water treatment site and has been reported to the company for investigation and we have also arranged for a drainage engineer to visit the site to assess whether any work is required to our ditches or highways gullies.

“We have removed some of our highways signs which had been left at the site and are making enquiries to identify the landowner to ask that they remove the felled trees from the verge. We’re grateful to the resident for making us aware of these issues.”

Old Swan Lane in Hailsham - Photo by Lewis Isted SUS-200122-155155001
Old Swan Lane in Hailsham - Photo by Lewis Isted SUS-200122-155144001