Betters ways to spend money

From: P. Oldfield, Bexhill Road

Thursday, 30th March 2017, 2:19 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:28 pm
Hastings Observer letters

It appears that East Sussex County Council apparently in their wisdom, have decided to proceed with the construction of the threatened bus lanes on Bexhill Road.

I, as a resident of Bexhill Road, was under the impression that, if the new link road was successful in diverting a good proportion of the original traffic up towards The Ridge, then the bus 
lanes would become a non-starter.

So hence my puzzlement, as to why ESCC are persisting in this strategy, at a cost of approximately £450,000, when it is blatantly obvious to local people that in fact the traffic has been dramatically reduced for most of the day, with a natural build up at peak periods. But even these peak periods are nowhere near the levels pre-link road days.

On top of the fact that, these bus lanes are not needed, the council would be ignoring the obvious fact that chaos would ensue, with resulting loss of parking spaces for residents of Bexhill Road, which are not in abundance at the best of times. In the latest issue of the ‘Your County Magazine’ issued by ESCC, they published their budget something in the order of £895m, claiming that they needed to cut back as ‘times are hard’, yet they seem insistent on carrying out works that are just not required.

This money could be better spent, repairing the damaged roads of Hastings and St Leonards, which are in serious need of attention.

On this point, I would further suggest that these on-going repairs be carried out by Direct Labour Force, of locally-skilled people, employed directly by ESCC or by HBC, with funding supplied by ESCC and stationed in this locality. Funded adequately and properly managed this local service would be far better value for money than engaging sub-contractors who need to make a profit to survive. So, let us be honest about this, our local roads are in terrible condition, could we really do any worse in looking after our own roads than ESCC are doing at the moment.

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