Little Common residents voice concerns over A259

Huw Merriman MP, cllr Stuart Earl, Denbigh pub landlord Shaun Gibbons and resident Naomi Scully. SUS-161027-134944001
Huw Merriman MP, cllr Stuart Earl, Denbigh pub landlord Shaun Gibbons and resident Naomi Scully. SUS-161027-134944001

A meeting to raise concerns about traffic problems in Little Common took place last week (Friday, October 21).

MP for Bexhill and Battle Huw Merriman, leader of East Sussex County Council and a number of councillors attended the meeting.

Independent councillor for Bexhill West Stuart Earl, said: “It was a very good, excellent meeting. It was attended by 150 people and they were all informing the top table just how concerned they were. The purpose of the meeting was to make them aware of the traffic along the A259.”

A number of concerns were voiced, including crossing the A259, the air quality in the area and the effect it had on residents’ homes.

County Council leader Keith Glazier said: “This was a very constructive meeting which gave residents and business owners the chance to highlight the issues at Little Common roundabout with some of the agencies involved.

“This was a chance for us to gather information about the issues people are experiencing in this area and I will be speaking to senior officers in our communities, economy and transport department to look at what we could do to improve the situation.

“Possible improvements which were suggested included changes to the phasing of traffic lights for traffic turning left onto the Link Road at Belle Hill, while Highways England were asked to consider improvements to the footway on the A259 to help pedestrians.”

Huw Merriman MP said: “I am grateful to Cllr Earl for organising this meeting and to the many residents who gave up their Friday evening in such numbers to make me aware of the strong feelings on this matter. “I agree with many of the sentiments made and I am keen to help. I was particularly struck by the suggestion that Highways England should measure the impact of traffic in Little Common since the opening of the Link Road.

“With this data, Cllr Glazier and I can bring pressure on the government for funding to be given to East Sussex County Council to ease the pressure.

“The A21 Reference Group is using the government’s new willingness to invest more in transport projects to champion the dualling of the A21. Cllr Glazier and I will be ensuring that the A259 is given similar focus.”

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