Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, met with Richard Comotto and Sarah Andrews of Winchelsea to listen to their concerns following two recent accidents on the section of the A259(T) called Tanyard Lane, when the cars rebounded off the wall and dropped a considerable distance landing upside down into the gardens opposite. At Amber’s request, representatives of Highways England and Balfour Beatty Mott Macdonald also attended the meeting.
Amber said, “I was shocked to hear that two cars recently landed into people’s gardens, where young children could have been playing. Clearly a solution needs to be found to protect families in Winchelsea, and to prevent this from happening again. I was also concerned to hear that the beautiful village of Winchelsea is frequently marred by speeding traffic.”
Possible options were discussed, and it was agreed that reliable data is required. Daniel Cavaliere of Balfour Beatty Mott Macdonald suggested that an array of vehicle counters could be installed with radar technology, along with speed counters, and that pinch points could help, so conversations will be had with East Sussex County Council on this last suggestion. The idea of a gate across the archway was also considered, to enable safer conditions for pedestrians.
Amber said, “I will be watching developments closely and I am determined to improve road safety in Winchelsea.”