Browns Lane, Uckfield, which has been identified as a potential speeding hot spot.

Speeding traffic worry on Browns Lane, Uckfield

Speed surveys may be carried out along Browns Lane on Uckfield’s Manor Park Estate.

The road, which runs mostly downhill/uphill through the spine of the estate has been identified as a potential speeding hot spot.

A report to members of the town council’s environment and leisure committee, which met on Monday (October 2) said:

“There is great concern abut the speed of traffic along Browns Lane, even though the surface is not good.”

The comment was made in a report of a joint meeting held in July between town councillors Ian Smith and Keith Everett, county councillor Claire Dowling and two county council officers.

The question of a 20mph speed limit was raised at the July meeting but it was said any such proposal would depend on the results of a speed check.

Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association would, the report said, consider making a contribution towards the cost of the survey, which would cost around £400.

When the environment and leisure committee decided at a meeting in May on topics for the joint discussion with the county, the need to slow traffic through areas where people live was outlined by Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town.

Cllr Duncan Bennett

Cllr Bennett said at the time: “I think it would be very valid to introduce to the discussion the possibility of actually introducing a 20mph speed limit across all estate and residential-type roads; obviously Church Coombe, Manor Park and new estates and also places such as Vernon Road and Selby Road.

20mph limits ‘becoming standard’

“I think my experience of travelling around other parts of the world, those 20mph speed limits are pretty much becoming standard in all such locations.

“I think it would very worthwhile for us to suggest to East Sussex County Council that they look at that most seriously with a view to introducing that to our residential streets.”

The suggestion of a blanket ban was rejected by the county council and the town was advised to concentrate on tackling speeding hot spots.

The joint meeting with the county also heard there was concern about speeding traffic heading out of town towards Fernley Park…Eastbourne Road has already been identified a potential speeding hot spot by the town council, which has led to a speed survey taking place, although as yet the results have not been published.

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