Better spaces for Bexhill needed

From: Derrick Coffee, Transport Futures East Sussex, Eastbourne

Friday, 11th September 2020, 10:56 am
Devonshire Road SUS-201106-125310001

Excellent letters from Barbara Echlin and Lynn Langlands in Bexhill Observer of 4th September supporting improvement proposals for Western Road and Devonshire Road to increase footfall and enable ‘social distancing’, and so sad to see East Sussex County Council withholding funds for no good reason at all.

Supporting threatened town centre environments by making them pleasant and beautiful places to be, not dominated by ‘close up’ traffic, is one key objective of such proposals along with sustaining economic vitality, social interaction and opportunities for safe, healthy, active travel.

Excluding traffic from Western Road at certain times would definitely improve visitor experience, whether at a café or shops - and in general terms, both environments would benefit from efforts to exclude or tame some of the increasingly common aggressive and threatening driving styles in Bexhill.

If more space is given to planting, artworks and events so much the better.

Hasn’t the time also come to draw a close to the laissez faire attitude to parking on bus stops in Devonshire and Sackville Roads? Raised kerbs and accessible buses can’t function to help those with mobility problems if the buses are obstructed from pulling in.

All of this fits with current Rother, County, ESCC-led ‘Transport for the South East’ and national policies. The tail seems to be wagging the dog here!

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