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Meeting about parking and speeding in Malling

On 12 Mar 2015 at 9:17pm John Lamb wrote:
There is a public meeting about parking and speeding in Malling on Wednesday March 18 at 7.00pm at the Malling Community Centre. This follows meetings with the Police about reducing the number of cars belonging to people who work and visit the site which are parked in the surrounding streets. Other issues under discussion include speeding on Malling Hill and lack of parking for parents dropping kids off at South Malling school.
On 13 Mar 2015 at 7:52am Bill Bull wrote:
I'll be there
On 13 Mar 2015 at 9:28am Cav wrote:
Thanks for the heads up John Lamb, we'll be there. The speed some people drive on Malling Hill is unreal.
On 13 Mar 2015 at 11:29am Matt Kent wrote:
John. I'm just wondering what this meeting will achieve. I've done a transport survey with the school, submitted a petition for a 20mph to ESCC, spoke to ESCC road engineers about the school drop off and parking, spoke to Police Inspectors and contacted Katy Bourne at Sussex Police, and still nothing is being done. If Lewes Councils and Sussex Police actually met and agreed a raft of solutions, then something might actually get done. Residents are helpless unless ESCC and Sussex Police actually commit to change things. Over the past few years this has not been the case, so I'd suggest you lobby them more instead. Give me a call if you want to discuss and if you need more info.
On 13 Mar 2015 at 2:27pm mother wrote:
how about lazy parents getting their kids to walk to school or park further away and walk the rest....?
100% laziness from people who expect to park right outside the school gates...
On 13 Mar 2015 at 4:01pm Local Resident wrote:
I cannot attend your meeting but the point I would make, if I could, is that I think you should be aware that despite having an expensive 20mph here in central Lewes, it is absolutely pointless because no one enforces it and many ignore it.
On 13 Mar 2015 at 4:44pm Local resident wrote:
Just wondered who is organising this? Have written to Norman Baker about the speed of traffic and lack of safe crossing recently etc. He wrote to Lewes District Council who are supposed to be asking local residents in near future about a crossing by the Spinneys....Also had this from his office in February; "Cllr St Pierre recently had a meeting about Malling Hill with the road safety officers, who are aware of the conditions on the A26. She wanted me to inform you that she is on the case."
On 13 Mar 2015 at 4:59pm father wrote:
@mother: You may be interested to know that South Malling school has taken extra classes in some "bulge" years, so a much higher proportion of children in those years come from all over Lewes, which explains a slight rise in school drop-offs by car. I don't think it's lazy for a 6-year-old to be driven to school rather than walk a couple of miles. I'm sure the parents concerned would far rather they could walk - not least because of the animosity from some of us locals.
And, of course, nobody should be parking directly outside the school gates, because of the road markings. That's a matter of enforcement. As other people have mentioned, there are plenty of other stresses on the parking round here. It all starts with too many cars on the road...
On 13 Mar 2015 at 6:55pm Ted wrote:
Well said
On 13 Mar 2015 at 7:57pm Matt Kent wrote:
Oh, and to add insult to road safety the lollipop person has gone from outside South Malling School. More cutbacks on road safety at ESCC and a lack of commitment to a 20mph speed limit. Lewes Town Council decided that would not match fund a new zebra crossing at the school as they thought it would jeopardise this job. Well, now the lollipop service has gone, maybe the Town Councils Transport Working Group will now re-commit to this crossing with ESCC. I'm sure Merlin Milner can explain where we go next with that particular issue.
On 14 Mar 2015 at 8:49am Tipex wrote:
Matt - the previous lollipop lady left and the school are adverting a replacement job.
On 14 Mar 2015 at 9:23am Guido wrote:
if you could see the state of the grass verges around Barn Road area where parents will do anything to be able to park their vehicles as near to the school as possible! They have destroyed them all. It is an absolute nightmare having to drive out of the Road around 3pm.
On 14 Mar 2015 at 12:40pm Old Bloke wrote:
What? It gets busy around 3pm? Ive noticed that traffic is heavier around 8:30 in the morning and again at around 5pm. What's going on in this town! It must only be happening in Lewes as surely other places wouldn't stand for it. It werent like thois when I grew up in London.
On 14 Mar 2015 at 1:36pm Hansom Cab wrote:
They were on the road when you were a lad OB
On 15 Mar 2015 at 2:59pm sickofit wrote:
The speeding on Malling Hill is ridiculous. I had someone speed right up behind me the other day (as I was driving uphill) who then started to flash me and I was already driving at 33. He was gesticulating and being very aggressive and I had young children in the car. It was a green Y reg Chevrolet, just in case anyone sees the same idiot.
There have been speed checks in the past at 8.30 when everyone is crawling along so no speeders. The police should be out at other times when a lot of people do at least 40. How about a speed camera (both ways) on the hill? That camera on the Woodingdean hill seems to do the trick.
On 16 Mar 2015 at 9:28am mother wrote:
The lollipop lady left in part because of the abuse she got from parents when she asked them not to park outside the school.
On 16 Mar 2015 at 9:53am huw wrote:
Maybe I'm being cynical, but is this meeting just another attempt to extend the parking scheme into Malling to make more money. The last attempt was scuppered by the use of misleading figures and use of a deliberately leading survey. I would be a bit wary as if anyone admits there might be parking issues in Malling you may suddenly find yourself waking up to a new parking zone outside your house and having to pay for the privilege of having no where to park.
On 16 Mar 2015 at 11:31am Celine wrote:
A friend who works at the police HQ tells me that more staff will be moving in there this year due to the police closing other buildings, specifically in Brighton, as part of the cuts.
On 16 Mar 2015 at 1:13pm Ed Can Do wrote:
Most of the proposed changes to Malling are ridiculous. There's no need for a 20 limit as it's virtually impossible to hit that kind of speed round most of Malling anyway and literally nobody obeys the limit in town anyway. I do like the idea of a mini-roundabout at the top of the bridge, bottom of Old Malling Way as pulling out of there can be exciting at times but as Huw suggested, this is little more than a cynical money making plan to make people to pay to park outside their houses whilst the police will no doubt get freebie permits like the dubious HS zone ones floating about. Given that most of the police appear to work from 9 until 4, there isn't actually an issue parking in Malling for anyone who takes their car out for work every day and all the parked cars do serve to keep the speed of people driving through down. As it happens, I have a drive so wouldn't be directly affected by an introduction of parking permits but I still think it's a terrible idea.
On 16 Mar 2015 at 1:41pm Doggie wrote:
I see them in the morning park and walk to the HQ. All have black trousers and sensible thick soled shoes...evenin' all
On 16 Mar 2015 at 3:42pm John Lamb wrote:
The Police have been talking again about parking round the HQ and may be taking action to improve the situation as part of a makeover of the site.
On 16 Mar 2015 at 7:10pm Ed Can Do wrote:
They can't afford to employ actual officers on the beat any more, there's no way they'd consider spending money on a car park for the PCSOs that have replaced them. What would be nice is if they could persuade their staff not to park like idiots on corners and in the way of buses coming up The Martlets (There's a red Lotus Elise in particular that is always parked somewhere dumb, I'm surprised it hasn't got more dents in it) and to be a bit more polite towards other drivers when they are driving in circles round either half of the estate, slightly late for work and looking for a parking space. Some of the coppers are particularly aggressive in their driving style when faced with other cars and small gaps to get through (Caused by other police workers parking badly).
On 16 Mar 2015 at 7:45pm Over the wall we go wrote:
Doggie why do they have thick soles on their shoes?
Would that be to walk the beat..................not.

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