A259 Weight Restrictions
At the end of June, Peacehaven Focus Group decided that it would try do something regarding the problem of the increasing number of HGV vehicles (exceeding 7.5 tonnes), ignoring the weight restrictions on the A259 Brighton Road from Newhaven through to Peacehaven.
Although there are signs on the Newhaven one way system and on the road out towards Peacehaven, many drivers choose to ignore these and use the road as a through route to Brighton, instead of the prescribed route of the A26/A27. There are YouTube videos ( search A259 Newhaven weight limit) which show the extent of the problem.
Peacehaven Focus Group has written to both local MPs Maria Caulfield and Simon Kirby and also the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, we have also been in contact with East Sussex County Council and their highways department. We have also tried to enlist the assistance of Trading Standards, as they have been successful in similar cases else ware in the country. We have used the excellent "Fix my Street" website to highlight damaged/missing signage on this stretch of road.
Update of success
Peacehaven Focus Group in conjunction with Peacehaven Town Council will be implementing a Community Lorry Watch scheme.
This will be run by volunteers , who will monitor vehicles exceeding 7.5 Tonnes contravening the weight restriction regulation on the A259 South Coast Road. This type of scheme has proved both popular and effective in many parts of the country, and has helped to reduce vehicles flouting such restrictions. New signs are due to be installed presently. Once this is done the Police can enforce the regulation more effectively.
Training will be carried out with Sussex Police, hopefully in August, and any necessary equipment will be provided. If anyone thinks they would like to be involved, or wants further information, please contact the Focus Group.