Work starts on constructing the Puffin Crossing on Crowborough Hill, outside Beacon Academy:
East Sussex County Council has agreed to build a new Pedestrian Crossing on Crowborough Hill.
Councillor Carl Maynard, Lead Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, gave the go ahead for a new “Puffin” type crossing adjacent to the student entrance to Beacon Community College.
Concerns about pedestrian safety on this part of Crowborough Hill were raised after two collisions involving school children, one in 2012 and another in May 2013.
The estimated cost of constructing the crossing is £65,000. Money received from the developer when housing was built on the old fairground field next to the White Hart pub.
Local residents were sent a copy of the proposed scheme in March and invited to comment. Twelve letters and emails were received from local people supporting the proposal. One resident wrote suggesting alternative traffic management arrangements for Crowborough Hill, and another resident emailed the Council objecting to the scheme.
The resident objected on a number of grounds. The resident said they did not think the crossing would reduce the number of car journeys nor would it solve the root cause of the problem, the number of parked cars on Crowborough Hill during the school run. They also suggested that traffic chaos will be created by having two adjacent pedestrian crossings (the one further up near Sir Henry Fermor School and the new one). They also claimed the two accidents in 2012 and 2013 were wrongly classified as serious. Their comments in full and the Officers replies can be read in the full report.
The existing yellow zig-zag “School Keep Clear” will be replaced by white zig-zag lines on both sides of the road, to prevent cars parking on the approach to the crossing. There will be a new anti-skid surface and improvements to street lighting. The crossing will be built during the school holidays this summer.
Further information about the scheme can be found in the earlier article.