Langney traffic calming scheme agreed

DRIVERS in Langney will be forced to cut their speeds after fears that schoolchildren were being put at risk.

East Sussex County Council have agreed a traffic calming scheme for Ramsey Way in response to the concerns of the parents of children walking to nearby Haven School.

The scheme includes a new crossing point near Peyton Close and Gardener Close and a pedestrian refuge island on Ramsay Way near the junction with Aylesbury Avenue.

It also features two “build-outs” which will be added to narrow the road either side of Wade close.

A public consultation took place in August and two “raised tables” (sections of raised road surfaces) which were included in the council’s initial plans have been removed in response to public concerns.

Councillor Carl Maynard said, “I am happy to approve these proposals which will help slow vehicle speeds in the road.

“This is good news for the parents and children travelling to the nearby Haven Primary School which has recently been granted planning permission to double its intake of pupils.

“We had a good response to the consultation on these proposals and a clear majority were in favour of them.

“I am pleased officers have listened to people’s suggestions and removed the raised tables from the proposal.

“The introduction of the build-outs and crossing points will help to slow vehicle speeds and make Ramsay Way safer for all pedestrians and especially children who walk to school, encouraging sustainable transport.”

Detailed designs will now be made by the council and construction is expected to start in February 2012.