Residents call for better speed calming plan

Park Lane Eastbourne SUS-141120-144603001
Park Lane Eastbourne SUS-141120-144603001

Plans are in the pipeline to introduce part time lower speed limits outside an Eastbourne school.

The county council wants an advisory 20 mph speed limit along sections of Park Avenue and Park Lane outside Ratton School.

But residents living nearby say the measure does not go far enough and new parking restrictions are needed in the area as nearby streets including Warburton Close are becoming “overflow car parks” and they cannot get in and out of their driveways during busy school drop off and pick up times.

The county council has been consulting on the plans and people only have until today to respond.

One resident, Peter White, said he was hoping the lack of footpaths in Park Lane, the rat run that Park Lane has become and parking in Warburton Close would have been addressed first.

“It has become quite dangerous to walk along Park Lane,” said Mr White. “Put in the added burden of cars parking on both sides of Park Lane in the afternoon from about 2.50pm on and the problem is exacerbated. No footpath at all, children walking up to five abreast, cars weaving in and out it is a disaster waiting to happen. I was told initially money was being allocated and plans were being developed to put in some traffic calming.

“We all thought speed humps, road narrowing or one way traffic would be considered. Because of limited funding, £10,000 is being given by ‘a development contribution obtained from a housing development – no public money at all. The plan is for an advisory 20mph limit in short parts of both roads for two hours a day. This is beyond belief, non enforceable and has no base in law.”

A county council spokesman said, “Limited money was available for traffic schemes. We did look at a scheme involving additional measures such as traffic calming, but the cost exceeded the budget. While it would be advisory, we believe a reduced speed limit and signs alerting motorists to it would have the desired effect.”