Independent columnist Observer considers how Speed Watch could be run in Uckfield.
It doesn’t really matter which way you the cut the statistics: far too many people are killed and injured on Wealden roads every year.
Lives are lost, families destroyed. It’s a toll of misery.
Fortunately, as far as I can see, the number of serious injuries in Uckfield itself appears relatively low.
That’s no reason for feeling pleased with ourselves and doing nothing to further reduce accidents.
Danger lurks. In some place it is more obvious than others.
The Ringles Cross area is an obvious example of danger.
Excess speed on certain roads is a clear hazard.
Circuit of Rocks Park
I have referred before to the Browns Lane hill climb trial route from Roman Way, the circuit of Rocks Park and the London Road mad dash after the speed camera.
In addition, shoppers in the High Street have a not unreasonable expectation that cars, vans and lorries will be doing 20mph or thereabouts, day and night.
Like illegal parking, speeding drivers are not high on the list of priorities for Sussex Police.
Traffic police few and far between
Traffic cars are becoming nearly as rare as bobbies on the beat in Uckfield.
Like many things in modern East Sussex life, it seems it is down to the people to pick up the pieces.
It means an expansion of the Speed Watch scheme should be encouraged.
This will involve volunteers using “speed guns” at approved places to note the registration numbers of errant drivers and passing those details to the police.
If there are regular offenders, the police can join the Speed Watch and prosecute.
Bring back SID
We also need the return of speed indicator devices (SID) to remind drivers to watch their speed.
There used to be a mobile one in Uckfield and I have seen elsewhere semi-permanent ones attached to lamp-posts.
We have a number of active residents’ groups in the town and they would seem to be the perfect organisations to take on these self-help projects.
Nearby villages of Maresfield and Halland have succeeded in getting some pretty effective traffic calming measures while Buxted has (or used to?) have a vigilant Speed Watch group.
I hope Uckfield can make progress in improving road safety for us all.