For the second time in a week near-disaster struck the High Street, this time on the morning of Thursday, July 25.
A delivery lorry that had pulled over to the side of the street in order to avoid parked cars, hit scaffolding on the corner of Market Road, dislodging some of it and leaving the rest in danger of collapsing.
The stationary lorry, now supporting the scaffolding, was unable to move and was left blocking part of the road at the junction with Market Road.
Police, conspicuous by their absence during the fire at the George a few days earlier, now arrived and both the High Street and Market Road were closed while East Sussex Fire Service were called to make the structure safe.
This they did without undue delay and the road was opened just over an hour after the incident had occurred.
It has long been accepted that the town’s medieval streets are simply not suitable for much of modern day traffic and this latest event gives rise to the expectation by many of the town’s residents that East Sussex County Council with advice from our town council will give careful consideration to both traffic flow and restrictions on certain vehicles when civil parking enforcement comes to Rye next year.
Image Credits: Rye News , Anthony Kimber .