Some person has tried to drive down Deadman’s Lane who obviously should not be driving as they have taken out our fence which has only just been repaired after the tree damage (pictured above). As this caused a small traffic jam, which I was stuck in, somebody must have seen the incident, but nobody left any details. Thanks.
[Note from the Editor in Chief: As the fence (which separates a flower bed outside the first house in Lancaster Court from the pavement) is in bits, the vehicle involved must have mounted the pavement and been going at some speed – and possibly made a late turn into this short cut around Rye’s one way system.
The lane is much used, by vehicles going both down and up Rye Hill – and particularly at school time, for parents dropping their children off at the Love Lane school complex.
However, as has been pointed out before, the lane is very narrow, but is used by pedestrians as well as cars because a footpath from higher up Rye Hill ends at the lane.
When I walked through the lane earlier this week to look at the mangled fence I had to lean back against a barbed wire fence to let the largest 4×4 cars squeeze past – and some drivers were markedly unhappy about being forced to slow down.
Nevertheless there is scope, at little cost, to put in a footpath without endangering the privacy of other residents and I wonder whether we have to wait for the highways authority, East Sussex County Council, to be sued for criminal negligence because someone is injured or killed before any action is taken. Charles Harkness]
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