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Speed Watch Report
Some years ago Ticehurst was rated as one of the best places to live. Its setting was given as one reason, and another should have been the friendliness of the natives. Recently I conducted an informal survey, approaching strangers at random. Not one objected, and all were happy to talk. No prizes for guessing the topic - traffic matters. The following are unattributable comments, paraphrased. Survey 1 (Near Hilbury Gardens)  “Speeding vehicles are a menace here. I came to live in a quiet village, and you get this problem. I recognise locals at it too .Some people do about 80”  *      Survey 2  ( Near Hilbury Gardens) “I wouldn’t let my children in the front garden without a gate. My wife’s car was hit as she left the drive, by a driving instructor! He was not happy” Survey 3 (Resident of Hilbury Gardens) “The sight lines are not good as you try to join the High Street. Someone cut his hedge back to try to improve things.” Survey 4 (High Street) “I got a letter from the police for doing 37 at Horsegrove.  I did not realise how fast I was going then I saw Speedwatch in action, and thought, oh they’ve got me . I am more careful now!” Survey 5 (Horsegrove Ave. Resident) “When I join the main road to turn left I usually find someone  right on my tail as they have driven down so fast. I would like to see some proactive speed signs. Flimwell and Wadhurst have them, why not Ticehurst.?” Survey 6 (Resident of Vineyard Lane) “Trying to join the main road is a nightmare as traffic comes flying in from the right having ignored the 40 and 30 limits. It used to drive my husband mad.  I was recorded at 38 at Horsegrove, and got a letter. It made me think” Survey 7 (Resident of Cross Lane)  “I object to all the pavement parking. It makes it difficult sometimes for disabled residents on mobility scooters. Some leave very little room and others park across the dropped kerbs.” Survey 8 (Resident High St just south of The Coachworks)  “I am incensed by speeders. I am pregnant and very concerned about the narrow pavement. I can see a buggy being a problem, and worry about how close we shall be to the traffic. My husband can’t get out of his drive without someone trying to overtake him. I stand in the road sometimes to slow them down”  Survey 9 (Resident of Church Street) “I was cutting a hedge by the pond, and could not believe how fast the traffic was. (It is a 30mph zone)  It’s just amazing, and we felt very vulnerable” The interviewees were asked “What is your opinion of the traffic situation locally?” They were not invited to comment specifically on speeding, but it is evidently their main concern. (Max so far 60)  * Community Speed Watch have a new recruit, and more would help us remind motorists of their responsibilities. Speak to Tim Burnham on 201367. 0r e-mail: Tim Burnham
Ticehurst Parish Website
Some years ago Ticehurst was rated as one of the best places to live. Its setting was given as one reason, and another should have been the friendliness of the natives. Recently I conducted an informal survey, approaching strangers at random. Not one objected, and all were happy to talk. No prizes for guessing the topic - traffic matters. The following are unattributable comments, paraphrased. Survey 1 (Near Hilbury Gardens)  “Speeding vehicles are a menace here. I came to live in a quiet village, and you get this problem. I recognise locals at it too .Some people do about 80”  *      Survey 2  ( Near Hilbury Gardens) “I wouldn’t let my children in the front garden without a gate. My wife’s car was hit as she left the drive, by a driving instructor! He was not happy” Survey 3 (Resident of Hilbury Gardens) “The sight lines are not good as you try to join the High Street. Someone cut his hedge back to try to improve things.” Survey 4 (High Street) “I got a letter from the police for doing 37 at Horsegrove.  I did not realise how fast I was going then I saw Speedwatch in action, and thought, oh they’ve got me . I am more careful now!” Survey 5 (Horsegrove Ave. Resident) “When I join the main road to turn left I usually find someone  right on my tail as they have driven down so fast. I would like to see some proactive speed signs. Flimwell and Wadhurst have them, why not Ticehurst.?” Survey 6 (Resident of Vineyard Lane) “Trying to join the main road is a nightmare as traffic comes flying in from the right having ignored the 40 and 30 limits. It used to drive my husband mad.  I was recorded at 38 at Horsegrove, and got a letter. It made me think” Survey 7 (Resident of Cross Lane)  “I object to all the pavement parking. It makes it difficult sometimes for disabled residents on mobility scooters. Some leave very little room and others park across the dropped kerbs.” Survey 8 (Resident High St just south of The Coachworks)  “I am incensed by speeders. I am pregnant and very concerned about the narrow pavement. I can see a buggy being a problem, and worry about how close we shall be to the traffic. My husband can’t get out of his drive without someone trying to overtake him. I stand in the road sometimes to slow them down”  Survey 9 (Resident of Church Street) “I was cutting a hedge by the pond, and could not believe how fast the traffic was. (It is a 30mph zone)  It’s just amazing, and we felt very vulnerable” The interviewees were asked “What is your opinion of the traffic situation locally?” They were not invited to comment specifically on speeding, but it is evidently their main concern. (Max so far 60)  * Community Speed Watch have a new recruit, and more would help us remind motorists of their responsibilities. Speak to Tim Burnham on 201367. 0r e-mail: Tim Burnham
Speed Watch Report