With the continued delays on the Piddinghoe end of Egrets Way, Cycle Seahaven attended the Parish Council meeting on 14th July 2015 to see the issues first hand. The following report is from Committee member and ride leader Tony Rowswell.
There were about six councillors and twenty or so villagers, most of the latter appeared to be strongly in favour of Egrets Way, or perhaps, not happy with the new council. Also in attendance were Cllr Steve Saunders (Mayor of Newhaven), Cllr Carla Butler (ESCC) and Cllr Vic Lent (LDC), together with Noel West from OVCN. The meeting became very acrimonious with people shouting over each other and one walking out in disgust. The Chairman’s statement in the Agenda, the Residents’ Letter and the Response From OVCN give some idea of the grounds for “debate”.
However, when it all boiled down there were 2 issues:
- The C7. Many residents had wanted the speed limit of 50 mph reduced to 40 mph from the end of the bypass to Deans Farm, and had thought that supporting Egrets Way would achieve this.
- The route of the Egrets Way. Not so much disputing its path through the village, rather the access onto the C7. Chair said that the most recent (March 2014) plan from OVCN routed the Way along the Sailing Club road and The Street, then on to C7. Residents were also very unhappy with the imminent construction of the Way from Southease to Deans Farm, without having been given any information as to how it would join C7 and where it would go from there. Noel West said it would cross the road to the bridle way to Peacehaven. Piddinghoe PC were very unhappy about the dangers of these two junctions with the C7.
Final result – The residents letter in Agenda Item 2 would not be sent. Piddinghoe Parish Council would be prepared to join in discussions with OVCN, Highways, SDNPA, etc, to find a “safe, traffic free riverside route” for Egrets Way.
It appears also that OVCN, while responding well to the issues raised in the agenda, is not communicating as well as they could, and are possibly going ahead in order to spend available funds before all the details are tied up.
Supporting documents for download:
Piddinghoe Parish Council Agenda 14Jul2015
Residents Letter to Piddinghoe PC (not sent)
OVCN response to PPC
Phase 1 completion (Kingston – Lewes)
Phase 2 completion (Southease – Rodmell)
Southease to Deans Farm gets the go ahead
Planning approval documents (SDNPA site)