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Useful information and News
News and general interest items appear here in the date order they were entered - latest first.
Friston Safety Kerb Re-alignment Completed At Last: After four years of lobbying by
the Parish Council and a payment of half the cost from the precept, ESCC
Highways have now finished work on a safety build-out of the kerb
next to the Crowlink Lane turning at the top of Friston Hill. This change to
the kerb will allow pedestrians to cross the A259 more safely by preventing
motorists from “undercutting” cars waiting to turn right towards Jevington. The "Before and after" pictures are shown below.
Friston Bus Shelter Rebuilt
The bus shelter on the
north side of the A259 at Friston, near Windmill Lane, has now
been rebuilt following its earlier damage through vandalism. The new
shelter is built in brick rather than wood so it should prove more
resilient and last for many years. It is hoped next year to carry out a similar exercise on the wooden bus shelter on the south side of the road at East Dean.
New Noticeboards in Downlands Way
As part of the Parish Council's continuing efforts to smarten up the shopping area in Downlands Way, we have now installed two new Notice Boards. One board will be used for displaying official notices and publications from the Parish Council, while the other will contain information on our proposed Neighbourhood Plan and its progress. The Council's other notice board, by the Village Hall, has also been refurbished following earlier damage to its fixing posts.
BT threat to remove A259 Phonebox removed (for now)
A notice was posted
on 12th June in the phone box on the corner
of Gilberts Drive and the A259, saying BT intend to remove it
after a 42 day consultation period. The Parish Council is opposed
to this removal on the grounds of health and safety, as mobile phone
coverage in the village is limited and patchy. Our objections were
submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority who supported them. Finally, on 24th October, we heard from BT that they have removed this box from their "rationalisation programme" and it will remain in place. They have said though, that they will continue to monitor its usage and may propose it for removal in the future, so there is a need to keep vigilent and watch out for any return of signs like the one above.