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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

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