Call for safety on Pebsham roads following accident

pebsham lane accident on december 27 2014 photograph by paul eatten
pebsham lane accident on december 27 2014 photograph by paul eatten

Calls for traffic calming measures on Pebsham roads have been renewed following an accident on Saturday.

The incident took place in Pebsham Lane at approximately 9am on December 27.

Paul Eatten who photographed it told the Observer: “No other vehicle was involved or thankfully any other member of the public.”

He described how it involved a young man driving a Peugeot 205 and “a stationary well established tree”, but nobody else.

The driver appeared shaken but not injured.

Paul said: “Had it not been for the tree, or the lack of elderly pedestrians and those walking their dogs, the result could have been a lot worse.

Time after time we hear and witness drivers speeding down the estate’s main access roads and Councillor Clark has petitioned the council many times for traffic calming, what will it take for the council to impose these measures?” He hoped reporting the accident would help make clear the wishes of residents of Pebsham for safety measures to be put in place on Pebsham streets.

Cllr Charlie Clark commented: “For a number of years I have been campaigning to East Sussex County Council for improved signage in Pebsham and I have asked Highways also for help. Because of the new developments coming in I want permanent signs for Pebsham Lane, the ones which flash warning signs if people go over the speed limit. That is what I am aiming at in the New Year.”

Brian Banks, East Sussex County Council team manager for road safety, said: “We have looked at the Pebsham estate a number of times in the past, but the nature of the roads and their relatively good safety record compared to other areas meant they didn’t meet our criteria for funding for road safety schemes.“As an authority we only have limited funds so we assess every suggested scheme using the same criteria to ensure we direct these resources to the areas where there is the greatest need, and where road safety schemes will have the most benefit.”