Two crashes in a month prompts safety petition


Residents in Rye are forming a petition for road safety measures to be put in place on the A259 after two vehicles crashed into people’s gardens within a month.

At 7.40pm on Thursday, May 14, a blue car overturned into a property’s front garden after crashing on the corner of the junction between Strand Hill and Tanyard Lane.

Just a month previously, a silver van ended up in a neighbouring garden after coming into trouble on the same corner.

June Cockton said: “The van arrived in my garden and the car arrived in next door’s garden all within about a month of each other. Both vehicles hit the corner of Strand Hill on the A259 at Winchelsea. We are sending a petition to the Highways Agency in the hope that they will do something about it.

“The car actually overturned and the van was only a few feet from my front door.”

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: “Safety comes first for us and we were concerned to learn about these incidents.

“There’s no history of similar accidents nearby, but we entirely understand why residents are concerned.

“We are investigating the circumstances so we can understand what happened and are also helping police with their investigation into the incidents.”

A spokesman for Sussex Police added: “At 7.40pm on May 14 a car overtuned on to its roof in Tanyard Lane, Winchelsea.

“The two occupants were not reported hurt. No other vehicle was involved.”