Readers’ letters

Cost of placing, then removing, High Street speed limit signs

Kit Ridley made a request for information from East Sussex County Council about the cost of placing, then removing, 20mph speed limit signs in Uckfield High Street. He shares the response here.20mph-speed-limit

  • The total cost to supply and put up the posts and signs associated with the 20mph speed limit was £19,500.
  • The cost to introduce the roundels was £324.
  • Total anticipated cost of removing the 20mph signs will be £400
  • The department responsible – Communities, Economies and Transport
  • Legal Advice Costs – none we use our own internal legal team and there isn’t a way to breakdown how much it cost for them to consider this.

Read more about the 20mph signs being removed from the High Street here: 20mph signs removed from Uckfield High Street.

Litter picking contractors should face financial penalties

Owen Hoy writes: I was somewhat amazed to read the comments made by Councillor Roy Galley in relation to litter picking in Wealden District.

He was praising communities for getting involved in the clear-up process which of course is admirable and I truly believe that the volunteer members of Brighter Uckfield do a fantastic job in sometimes difficult circumstances, but why should they and others like them be seen putting their lives at risk on busy and dangerous roads when KIER the contractor responsible for such issues is ignoring the problem again this year.

I personally, driving around the district since I first raised this matter with Uckfield News a few weeks ago, have seen no improvement whatsoever.

As well as praising community input Councillor Roy Galley as part of his so-called portfolio and responsibility, should be bringing pressure to bear on KIER by way of financial penalties for not undertaking their statutory duty in clearing this litter and filth from our roads otherwise they will continue to dismiss the issue.

I just cannot believe that all these weeks after my initial article appeared and despite other stories appearing, Wealden District Council believe that the on-going situation is acceptable.

In concluding yes there are hundreds perhaps even thousands of individuals in Wealden who want to do their bit but how about KIER doing their bit also, after all they are being paid substantial amounts of taxpayers money annually. As for KIER providing some of the litter picking equipment – well that really is an insult.

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