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Rotherfield’s residents asked how the Highways Authority can solve their HGV problem

Plans to ban some HGVs from struggling through the narrow streets of an East Sussex village will go on display later this month.

Rotherfield's Residents Asked How The Highways Authority Can Solve Their HGV Problem
East Sussex County Council will hold two consultation events in Rotherfield at the end of this month, over proposals to stop HGVs causing gridlock and damaging buildings.

Residents and business-owners will be asked for their views on plans to ban all HGVs over 10 metres long from using the village as a through route. Rotherfield residents had introduced a petition to the County Council to alleviate problems of heavy traffic damaging buildings . The King s Arms pub in Station Road has been hit about seven times in about the same number of years. Cllr Carl Maynard, the council s lead member for transport and environment said:Rotherfield's Residents Asked How The Highways Authority Can Solve Their HGV Problem

We have worked closely with the parish council and the community to ensure that any proposals we put forward tackle the issue without having a negative effect on business in Rotherfield.

The plans include banning only lorries travelling through the village, allowing those drivers delivering to local businesses to continue to use village roads. It is anticipated the ban, along with new road markings, will reduce congestion by limiting the number of HGVs and minimise the risk of damage to buildings. The ban will not affect waste tankers travelling to the old landfill site near Dewlands Hill, public transport vehicles, local agricultural vehicles or delivery vehicles.

It is likely that a solution for Rothefield will have a knock-on impact for residents of Crowborough . As there is a height restriction at the railway bridge on the B2100 Crowborough Hill, tall vehicles trying to get to Millbrook Business Park on Sybron Way are routed off the A26 via Sheep Plan, Hurtis Hill, Fermor Road, Walshes Road and Western Road to avoid the height restriction of 12 9 (see Petition to Modify the Railway Bridge1). Cllr Maynard added:

A complete ban on HGVs in Rotherfield is not an option as this would have a massive impact on business and the local community, but we are confident that the steps we are suggesting will address many of the issues in the village. I would urge as many people as possible to visit the exhibitions, find out more about the proposals, speak to county council officers and give us their views .

The feedback we receive will help shape the final design of the scheme. The consultation exhibitions will be held at Rotherfield Village Hall in North Street on Friday 29th April from 2pm to 7pm and on Saturday 30th April from 10am to 2pm. Questionnaires will be available at the exhibitions and can be returned to the county council by Friday 20th May 2016 .

For those unable to attend the exhibition, plans and an online questionnaire will be available at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay2.

Once all responses have been received and reviewed, a report on the outcome of the consultation will be published on the county council website.

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  1. ^ Petition to Modify the Railway Bridge (crowboroughlife.com)
  2. ^ www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay (consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk)
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