Winchelsea cut off by roadworks

23/9/14- Scene of a road traffic accident- the A259 in Winchelsea. SUS-140923-172708001
23/9/14- Scene of a road traffic accident- the A259 in Winchelsea. SUS-140923-172708001

Winchelsea residents have been cut off from their own town by overnight roadworks.

Road repairs have been taking place every night along the A259 between Winchelsea and Guestling.

For several nights, the A259 has been closed at Winchelsea from 8pm to 6m. Traffic from Rye has been turned back or diverted via Winchelsea Beach and Pett, including vehicles trying to get into or out of Winchelsea says resident Richard Comotto.

Residents are up in arms claiming that at a public exhibition two weeks ago, they were promised by representatives of the Highways Agency, and its contractor Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald, that they would be able to get into and out of the village with the aid of special escorts.

Signed letters were handed out to act as passes.

Mr Comotto said: “Unfortunately, when work started none of the crews from Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald, who closed the roads, knew anything about the passes.

“They resolutely refused to allow residents from Winchelsea to exit to or enter from Rye, in part because they had used Strand Hill as a parking lot, making access physically impossible.

“One resident, who went to meet her husband at Rye station, found her usual 10-minute round trip extended to an hour and a half as she had to circumnavigate the roadworks by driving via Pett. So did the people handing out passes at the exhibition forget to tell the people doing the road repairs? The lack of proper signage on the Hastings side meant vehicles continued to enter Winchelsea from that direction only to have to turn back.”