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Blocked ditch

Reported in the Drainage category anonymously at 11:48, Thursday 14 November 2019

Sent to East Sussex County Council 3 minutes later

About 25m S of Moat Farm on the E side of Moat Lane the bank separating the road from the ditch has been destroyed by drivers who seem reluctant to use the carriageway provided. As a result the ditch is completely blocked and the recent extreme rainfall has nowhere else to go than down the road, in some places up to 1m from the edge of the road thus making it even narrower and more slippery/dangerous.

This needs urgent attention.

So too does the attitude of drivers.

The drivers responsible for this damage to the bank include, in alphabetical order to avoid discrimination:

- HGV drivers in a hurry (and why are they on this unclassified lane anyway?); - school-run mothers in a hurry; - 30,000-mile a year reps in a hurry; - white van drivers in a hurry.

There is a theme here. It is the type of driver who is so impatient, inconsiderate and downright dangerous that they are not prepared to use, for example, a driveway to give way to approaching traffic. They persist instead in trying to pass two abreast when the road is simply not wide enough for this to happen safely. It is the type of driver who thinks they are either in a one-way street (Moat Lane is not one-way) or that they are still at home playing Grand Theft Auto and can simply press a button to replace an accident-damaged car.

Attitudes must change.

In the meantime, please re-instate the bank.

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  • A month after reporting the fault there has still been no action. The Contact Centre struggles even to find the report. This is a cavalier approach to resolving a serious threat to road safety. Let's hope that no-one gets hurt or worse.

    Posted anonymously at 12:04 today
    Still open, via questionnaire

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