Email sent today to ESCC about road closures/school bus

I believe I am right in assuming that East Sussex County Council is the ultimate responsible authority for granting road closures in East Sussex.

Mountfield Parish has suffered numerous road closures, mainly due to the Southern WaterNew Sewerage Scheme – for at least 2/3 years.

Presently we have the SW road closures, a BT road closure (not all affected residents appear to have been notified) – and these result in around 8-mile detours.

A more serious issue, apart from the inconvenience and lack of information, is the children being dropped off from the school bus.  This has happened before,with the children’s safety at grave risk, and we trusted the problem had been resolved and all relevant parties had been informed.  Below you will seean extract from an email received today from a Mountfield resident –

With the piecemeal road closures around Mountfield, and with no public notification, it has becomea guessing game as to which roads are going to be closed and when. At present,the corner of Hoath Hill and New Cut is restricted to less than half width; Iwonder if anyone in authority has told the contractors that this is part of aschool bus route?  

This afternoon, a double-deck bus laden with schoolchildren had got as far as the telephone boxbut could get no further; no one had told the driver that the road was going tobe restricted. As it happened, I arrived home at that time and was able to drive up to the A2100 to stop the traffic so that he could reverse the lengthof New Cut and back into the main road.

Safety of schoolchildren is regarded as paramount but it is very easy to put all the responsibility on the driver, whereas those in authority appear to do very little to facilitate safe working.  I wonder if anyone has suggestions as to how the driver should have dealt with the situation, had there not been someone on hand to assist him?

The above is a very serious issue regarding the safeguarding of children.  We find it difficult to understand why the bus company had not been informed of the road closure.

I am asking, as a matter of urgency, that ESCC Highways inform me by email of ALL road closures and all contractors are also informedand take appropriate action..  These will be published on our website.

Irene Marchant – ParishClerk/RFO

Mountfield Parish Council

Irene Marchant

01424 838414/07711 224150

clerk@mountfield.org.uk

www.mountfield.org.uk

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Road closure – Eatenden Lane

Have received official notice of the temporary road closure at Eatenden Lane, due to Southern Water works.  Closure from junction with Solomon’s Lane to the junction with the British Gypsum mine.
Closure will be from 12.11.16 until 11.03.17.

Road Closure B2096

The following works will be carried out, duration 09.01.17 to 20.01.17, to allow East Sussex Highways to carry out resurfacing works  – from A271 Beechdown Wood to A265 Burwash Road.
Advance warning signs will be placed on site advising of actual date of works.
Contact East Sussex Highways on 0345 6080193
Click on link to see map.
Road Closure B2096

Southern Water Road Closures updated 07.09.16

Here are the revised dates when Mountfiield roads are scheduled for closure as part of the construction of the new sewerage system by Southern Water and their contractors.
During the periods shown below, the roads in question will generally be closed to all through traffic, but with provision for residential access, rubbish/recycling deliveries, trade deliveries etc., whenever possible.
Your parish councillors are there to help you.  See Who we are under the Parish Council Tab.  To contact Southern Water, call 0330 303 0368.

DateLocation
September 12-30New Cut
October 3-28Church Road
October 24-November 18Hoath Hill
November 14-March 10Eatenden Lane
To be confirmedSolomons Lane

Temporary Road Closure Level Crossing A2100

Notice of temporary road closure of level crossing – A2100 – from 0200 hours 11.12.16 to 0400 hours 12.12.16.
To allow Network Rail’s contractor to carry out level crossing works.
No pedestrian access, but vehicular diversion via A2100 London Road – A21 Vinehall Road – A2100 The Ridge West – A2100 Battle Road – Upper Lake – London Road and vice versa.
Advance warning signs will be placed advising of actual date of works.
If you need to discuss this further, please contact Network Rail (Centurion) on 01273 322485.
Click on the link below to see a map detailing the extent of the closure  and diversion.

A2100 Road Closure 11.12.16-12.12.16