Residents campaign for junction improvements

Councillors John Hodges and Andrew Batsford with local residents Steve and Wendy Foreman.
Councillors John Hodges and Andrew Batsford with local residents Steve and Wendy Foreman.

CAMPAIGNERS are calling for immediate improvements to be made to the junction of Elphinstone Road and The Ridge.

They say it is already a nightmare for both pedestrians and motorists alike due to volume of traffic, and that the situation will be made much worse once the link road is built.

Steve Foreman and his wife Wendy, of De Chardin Drive, off Elphinstone Road, are among those calling for East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to install a roundabout and pedestrian crossing at the junction.

He said: “The Ridge is a busy road and dangerous to get across, and at certain times of day you just can’t get out of Elphinstone Road.

“We think that a roundabout will help to improve the flow of traffic.

“All the residents want something done about it, we feel quite strongly, it would just make people’s lives much better.

The Elphinstone Road Roundabout and Pedestrian Crossing Campaign is holding a public gathering at noon on Sunday (April 7) at the junction with The Ridge, to show the strength of public feeling.

Councillor Andrew Batsford is supporting the campaign.

He said: “A roundabout and pedestrian crossing would make it safer for motorists and safer for pedestrians as well.

“Forget about procrastination, it is about action, and the residents making a noise and making their demands heard.”

An ESCC spokesman said: “We are aware of residents’ concerns regarding increased traffic following the opening of the link road.

“A number of measures will be put in place to deal with these impacts.”