OUT IN THE FIELD: Stop speeding along the ‘rat run’

Sevenoaks Road has long been a rat run
Sevenoaks Road has long been a rat run

For as long as I can recall, and certainly since Cross Levels Way was built, Sevenoaks Road has long been a cut through for motorists who want to get from one side of the town to the other. And, despite there being two schools on one side of the road and a popular children’s park on the other side, it’s never really got to the top of the highways list of priorities for traffic calming. There is a 30mph speed limit but few drivers seem to take note of it and residents will tell you of a catalogue of near misses and prangs as speeding motorists drive between the junctions with Willingdon Drove to Langney Rise. Hopefully the need for some sort of speed restricting devices will be pushed higher up the agenda now after Monday night’s crash when a car careered off the road and into a family home. It’s a miracle nobody was killed.

Rugby’s most prestigious prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, arrived in Eastbourne amid a fanfare on Wednesday and I was one of hundreds hoping for a glimpse of it at the Rugby Club. When I finally did get up close and personal I was told in no uncertain terms members of the public were not allowed to touch it. But it’s like seeing an area of wet paint and being advised not to touch it: I just wanted to rub my paws all over it.

Just when it was all going so well for Aldi and its plans to open in Hampden Park, it all turns terribly sour with the supermarket being accused of moving the goalposts and going back to town planners to ask for a condition to be relaxed so it can have deliveries at the store morning, noon and night. Naturally, it hasn’t gone down well with nearby residents, who had all supported the store’s plans so far. It’s up the council now to stand by its original decision.

Am I the only one breathing a sigh of relief this week as the long school holidays come to an end, the schools re-open after the summer break and the Little Treasures return to the classroom?

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