Plans to improve road safety in the spotlight

Cllr Nick BennettPEOPLE in Heathfield are being asked for their views on plans for a traffic calming scheme aimed at cutting vehicle speed and improving safety.

East Sussex Highways has launched a consultation on the plan for Ghyll Road, which would complement an existing scheme in the neighbouring Tilsmore area.

It would see speed cushions installed at regular intervals, a raised junction at the intersection of Ghyll Road and Geers Wood, upgraded street lights and new signage.

The scheme would cost around £150,000, to be funded by money set aside by East Sussex County Council for local transport improvements.

People’s views will be taken into account for a final proposal which will go to Cllr Nick Bennett, county council lead member for transport and environment, for a decision in the autumn.

Cllr Bennett (pictured) said: “Residents have told us they’re keen to see the traffic calming scheme which was introduced in nearby roads some years ago extended into Ghyll Road.

“There is an issue with motorists exceeding the 30mph limit, particularly over the narrow bridge between Geers Wood and Swaines Way, and a traffic calming scheme would help to reduce vehicle speed and improve safety.

“It’s important that we take residents’ views into account before implementing any scheme so I’d urge as many people as possible to take a few minutes to take part in the consultation.”

The proposed scheme would affect Ghyll Road from its junction with the B2203 Theobalds Green to a point just north of the junction with Tilsmore Road.

People can take part in the consultation, which runs until Friday, July 7 2017, by returning forms sent to residents in streets in and around the affected area or online at

East Sussex Highways staff will be holding two drop-in sessions  at Heathfield Community Centre, in Sheepsetting Lane, on Wednesday, June 21 2017 from 5pm to 8pm and Saturday, July 1 2017 from 10am to 1pm should residents wish to discuss the proposals in more detail.