Residents of Peacehaven Retirement Home start petition to cross Sutton Avenue Road

Neville Lodge, a 31-flat care home, has seen its residents start a petition asking the senior member of East Sussex Transport for a pedestrian crossing at Sutton Avenue, to access South Coast Road and Dell Park.

Peacehaven West District Councilor Ciarron Clarkson is working with residents of Neville Lodge to deliver the petition.

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Councilor Clarkson said: ‘Sutton Avenue in Peacehaven and the A259 via Telscombe and Peacehaven are incredibly difficult to cross. There are limited walk-through spaces and when residents of Neville Lodge have raised their concerns with me.

Councilor Ciarron Clarkson (right) with Secretary Jill Fry Peacehaven, Telscombe Cliffs Group and East Saltdean Access (fifth from right) and residents of Neville Lodge on Sutton Avenue.

“We have a petition on the East Sussex website and have been able to coordinate with a number of local groups and organizations who are desperate for additional safe passages.

“This area of ​​the A259 and Avenue Sutton has two retirement homes, a day center for the elderly and two school campuses on either side. The creation of safe crossing points is a priority.

“It’s time for Telscombe and Peacehaven to get their fair share and I intend to support the residents in any way I can.”

According to the petition, launched in May, the South Coast Road has very few opportunities in traffic disruptions for members of the public to cross the South Coast Road safely.

Residents of the nursing home have said they would like to access Dell Park and the boardwalk, but believe there is no safe passage to do so.

Neville Lodge resident Jan Pinnock said: “A number of Neville Lodge residents use mobility aids; motorized scooters, walkers and walking sticks or are simply elderly and infirm.

“Frankly, attempting to cross the road at the roundabout on South Coast Road and Sutton Avenue, in any direction is a dangerous and terrifying experience for anyone, but especially for the elderly or indeed those with young children trying to access the playground in the Dell.

The petition also states that The Dell has a children’s play area, so a crossing would make it much safer for youngsters to access play equipment.

Another Neville Lodge resident, Joyce Streeter, said: “I don’t go out much because the road is unsafe. From my window I can see mothers with children and people with dogs trying to cross the South Coast Road]. Pedestrians are not visible”

The petition runs until July 14, and so far 45 people have signed the document online.

A spokesman for East Sussex County Council said the council had not yet received the petition but would consider any suggestions for a crossing point on South Coast Road.

In a statement, the council’s spokesperson said: “We have limited funding for transport improvements and we need to ensure that this funding is directed to the sites where it will have the greatest impact and where the need is. is the largest and therefore any request for a crosswalk is assessed against a series of criteria for potential inclusion in the Capital Program for Transportation Improvements.