LETTER: Crossing must go where needed

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We are heartened to read in the Observer that even would-be councillors have now joined our long-fought campaign for a controlled pedestrian crossing on The Ridge near the Crematorium.

But if fulfilment of the Law of Unintended Consequences is to be avoided, it is imperative that all campaigners work together. Otherwise East Sussex Highways (ESH) will put the crossing where they think it should be.

Their reputation for spending our money on what they consider best for Hastings is beyond doubt. The junction of the Link Road with The Ridge and the dangerously sited zebra crossing at the foot of Elphinstone Road are but two examples of ESH ignoring local wisdom.

Therefore territorial Ward preferences and pressure from local businesses need to give way to a united front.

Any local arguments as to exactly where this crossing should be will be used against us by ESH in order to impose their own choice upon us. Councillors must agree before it is too late and not try to grab the glory of the crossing for their own Ward.

As the organisation that has been pursuing this for nearly 20 years, we are determined that when we finally achieve the controlled crossing it will be where it is most urgently needed and not a vanity crossing to nowhere.

Erica Barrett

Chairman

Pilot Field Area Residents’ Association

The Ridge

Hastings

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