I sent this letter to my local councillors urging them to look into provision of a safe footway for the residents of Netherfield Road and Netherfield Hill in Battle:
I am a resident of Beech Close, on Netherfield Hill.
I love the fact that I can walk the one mile or so into Battle, instead of taking my car. It is a pleasant, healthy and environmentally responsible option. However, it is not a safe one.
Anyone living on Netherfield Hill has to accept the risks presented by fast moving vehicles on the only busy road in Battle that lacks a pavement. We currently have an opportunity to explore provision of a partial footway at least.
In these times of austerity the council is unlikely to have sufficient funds to pay for the necessary works to be done.
However, with the granting of planning permission for a number of new houses adjacent to Rowbarns/Wattles Wish/London Road, there exists an opportunity to get the developer to fund it under a section 106 provision.
A safe walk from Netherfield Hill to Battle (and vice-versa) is not a problem between Wattles Wish and Battle Town Centre. A good pavement/footway exists from Battle to the junction of Netherfield Road and Wattles Wish, by way of Mountjoy and Bowman’s Drive.
The challenge is to extend this any further.
The council has recently paid for the clearance of dangerous trees on Netherfield Road revealing a grass verge of ample size to provide for a pavement of sensible width. Ideally this could be extended down to the narrow bridge and up the lower part of Netherfield Hill, which also has a grass verge.
The latter is of particular significance since it would take pedestrians off the roadway on the blind bend at the bottom of Netherfield Hill.
Even if it were not possible to extend a footway further up Netherfield Hill, at least several hundred of your constituents would have some 200 metres of safe walking.
Please let me know if you will support this matter, which requires immediate investigation.
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