Ridgewood traffic survey could have been done by private company

East Sussex County Council has no knowledge of a traffic survey conducted at Ridgewood during the half-term holiday.

Cllr Claire Dowling.

County councillor Claire Dowling said people often assumed that such surveys would be carried out by highways but this one was nothing to do with the county council.

Cllr Dowling stressed that the council would not conduct surveys during school holidays.

She said a private survey company could have carried out the work, possibly in connection with a planning application.

And she said that if anything was seen in a planning application that didn’t show normal traffic conditions, that information would be rejected by the county council.


The councillor’s comments follow concern raised at an Uckfield Town Council meeting on Monday about the survey conducted during half-term.

Town councillor Karen Bedwell pointed out that on school days there were queues at the Highlands roundabout, but in half term it was completely clear.

She asked: “Can they just do a road traffic survey during normal working times? I would like Ridgewood residents to have a traffic survey done during normal times.”

Read more about Cllr Bedwell’s comments in another Uckfield News story: ‘Stop doing Ridgewood traffic surveys during half-term’.

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