Cyclists in the 2014 Tour of Britain cross from Uckfield into Framfield and the start of the climb up Bird in Eye Hill

Bird in Eye speed limit hopes

Hopes are rising that a speed limit will be extended to cover Bird in Eye Hill on the outskirts of Uckfield.

The current restriction begins and ends at the boundary of the town with Framfield.

County councillor Chris Dowling, Conservative, Framfield and Horam Division, said residents had requested the limit be “moved up the hill” as a safety measure.

County highways and the police had agreed but no money was available for the project.

Cllr Dowling, who briefed Uckfield Town Council last night (March 21) said the stretch of road was in Framfield and its parish council had agreed to “match fund” the project, which was expected to cost between £4,000 and £5,000.

He said there was agreement in principle but a decision had been deferred until later in the summer.

“I am quietly hopeful,” he said.

The stretch of road beyond Uckfield Community Hospital is twisty, on a hill and relatively narrow. There are a number of entrances from properties along the road.

Deputy town mayor, Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town, said extending the  limit into Framfield parish would have a major impact on people in his ward.

Last year Framfield Parish Council discussed the issue on a number of occasions.

Minutes of its meetings refer to a 40mph limit from Uckfield to just east of Bird in Eye Farm.

Comments from Uckfield News readers:

Tina Beeson said on the Uckfield News Facebook page: My sister lives on the hill, her children walk to school every day, it’s terrifying! I can’t understand why it costs so much to move a speed limit sign. Are they talking about putting in pavements, just moving the speed limit to 30 would help. Could someone explain?

Jane CW said on our Facebook page: £4,000 to £5,000? How ridiculous! Get two council workers to dig up the present 30mph signs at the bottom of the hill and resite them at the top. One morning’s work. Sorted.

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