Bexhill MP’s support for safer A259

Huw Merriman MP, cllr Stuart Earl, Denbigh pub landlord Shaun Gibbons and resident Naomi Scully.
Huw Merriman MP, cllr Stuart Earl, Denbigh pub landlord Shaun Gibbons and resident Naomi Scully.
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Residents appealing for a safer A259 in Little Common were given Bexhill and Battle MP’s support on Monday (September 28).

Huw Merriman and East Sussex County councillor Stuart Earl met with pub landlord Shaun Gibbons and resident Naomi Scully to discuss their petition for a lower speed limit and a pedestrian crossing.

Two serious accidents have happened on Little Common Road in a year.

“For residents who live on this road, crossing it is a real danger,” Mr Merriman said.

“The path disappears where the road straightens out and there are three lanes elsewhere.

“I am urging Highways England to put in traffic calming and deliver a traffic island or extend the footpath before another accident occurs.

“This is an incredibly hazardous road for residents and it needs to be safer.”

Mr Gibbons is the landlord of the Denbigh pub and he said he regularly witnesses accidents on the A259.

He suggested the unique features of this stretch of road, including the camber, angle and blindness of the bend make it particularly dangerous.

“As a father of four young children, I am very concerned as I watch them attempting to cross the road to catch the school bus,” Mr Gibbons said.

The group witnesses first-hand the issues pedestrians face when trying to cross the road as Ms Scully experienced a near-miss.

“The road is simply impossible to cross on foot for at least half a mile, you have no option but to run and keep your fingers crossed, not easy if you are elderly or have young children,” she said.

“There is no provision for crossing on foot and yet this stretch of road houses two bus stops and Broad Oak Park, something has to be done soon.”

To sign the petition visit: www.ipetitions.com/petition/reduce-the-speed-limit-on-little-common-road or in person at the Denbigh.

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