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A27 central reservation.

On 25 Jul 2014 at 7:47pm the kronic wrote:
I noticed this week that someone had mown the central reservation between the Kingston roundabout and the Newmarket.

Now im no expert but this area was full of wild flowers including absolutely loads of Orchids.

I really couldn't see any reason why this should be cut.

Please bring on the "Thumbs down" s*1te but there are a lot of environmental issues getting trashed by our local authority.
On 26 Jul 2014 at 12:09am Red For Danger wrote:
Perhaps one of our Councillors could explain why money was prioritised for this over repairing one of the many potholes, or more obviously the dangerous missing traffic light on the roundabout. It has been missing for weeks, leaving an interesting legal situation if there is an accident there, or if someone is injured hitting the jagged remains of the old one.
On 26 Jul 2014 at 7:05am Phfellow2004 wrote:
Whilst on the subject of the A27, I would like to know why Norman Baker has done seemingly nothing since he became MP for Lewes in 1997 to influence the very necessary improvements required to ease the chronic congestion that occurs almost daily.
On 26 Jul 2014 at 7:30am Sussex Jim wrote:
When Mr.Baker was first elected as our MP, he had the same policy as most Liberals; in that cars were bad, and improving roads only encourages more traffic. He is the main reason why the A27 between Lewes and Polegate has not been upgraded to a dual carriageway. And of course he has brushed this fact under the carpet during his brief stint as Junior Transport Minister.
No-one makes a journey by car unnecessarily these days. I certainly do not think "Oh look- a better road; let's go for a drive!"
But of course the roads are not just for cars. All our goods at home or in the shops are delivered by van or lorry. Until we buy or replace less stuff, and work closer to home we are going to need good roads.
On 26 Jul 2014 at 7:44am Deelite 2 wrote:
Sussex Jim said "No-one makes a journey by car unnecessarily these days."

Yes they do. Loads of people do it everyday. The majority of short car journeys could be made by bicycle. Yet most people are very reluctant to get on one.
On 26 Jul 2014 at 7:58am Depressed Gardener wrote:
Very good point The Kronic. The flowers should have been left to re-seed, although maybe a lot will have done so by now. Road and railway verges are a vital 'corridor' for wildlife.
On 26 Jul 2014 at 8:42am the kronic wrote:
The orchids, mainly towards the large area by the roundabout, were in full flower, DG. They should, ideally, be left until late summer before being cut.
On 26 Jul 2014 at 9:11am Tipex wrote:
They're obliged to as the grass and flowers block drivers view of cars on the roundabout.
On 26 Jul 2014 at 10:18am Road user wrote:
they weren't blocking my view, although a missing traffic light does regularly catch me out causing me to misjudge the junction from the Lewes road. It is interesting to see that although the law seems to require two traffic lights to be provided, they do not both need to work. Well, at least that is what I am presuming based on what the Council has done.
On 26 Jul 2014 at 1:01pm Depressed Gardener wrote:
Webbo: perhaps you should re-think the use of the thumbs up/down. I fail to see why anyone would thumbs down the original post..
On 26 Jul 2014 at 2:01pm the kronic wrote:
Tipex. This shouldn't be an issue as there are triffic lights there...if the lights are green, nothing else should be coming from the right.
On 26 Jul 2014 at 2:51pm Driver Dave wrote:
I thought the traffic lights had been set to intermittent as a replacement for the lights in town.
I often enjoy guessing which lights are going to come on and which ones aren't.
Of the size lights I would hazard a guess that only half a fully functional
On 26 Jul 2014 at 5:40pm Local bod wrote:
the issue Kronic is that if there is no traffic coming from the right, one can still accidentally run a red, not knowing there should be a traffic light at the junction, one then finds there is a red, and gets stuck in the path of traffic going through green from the right. As has been posted, there is pressumably a legal reason for having two lights, although it seems that ESCC think they can pick and choose. If not, why spend all that money on unnecessary lights?
On 27 Jul 2014 at 1:30am lb wrote:
and as if by magic I was behind someone who did exactly that this evening, and was left stranded
On 27 Jul 2014 at 9:01pm wanderer wrote:

being a womble that used to work that section I think you find its a visibility cut for the foot path and to allow a view from the cctv camera .
And if indeed it had an Orchid there you should inform the HAIL hotline for them to update the database like the one out at pevensey roundabout on the a259 by the esso garage which is a protected RA
also the people of Kingston parish like to have to crossing clear.
Also if you are going to phone HAIL can you inform them of 3 lights out on Ashcoombe roundabout

On 28 Jul 2014 at 7:21am Little flower wrote:
Cutting grasses back encourages orchids especially when the grass cuttings are taken off. Look at the deep verges around Ringmer which were continually grazed by livestock driven down to Lewes, or moved between fields. Their grazing encouraged a huge diversity of plants. If you want to know more the Ashdown Forest and Sussex Wildlife are doing studies on grazed and ungraded areas. Or look at the areas where there is minimal verge cutting and the growth of saplings. I need to get out less often I fear

Check it out here »
On 31 Jul 2014 at 9:49pm belladonna wrote:
I think lots of people have used the thumbs down to the original post to express dismay at the sad news that orchids have been lost. That was my intention anyway. Wouldn't a thumbs up indicate one was pleased or happy ?

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