ePetition - Stop the Round Hill Rat Run

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Stop the Round Hill Rat Run

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to stop the rat run through Round Hill, along Prince’s Crescent and Wakefield Road. Specifically, Round Hill residents would like the Council to: (1) introduce traffic-calming measures, such as speed bumps; (2) review the 20mph road markings and signage; (3) station a mobile vehicle-activated warning sign along the route; and (4) deliver the report into the narrowing of the junction of Crescent Road with Prince’s Crescent, promised by the ETS Committee in October 2019 in response to a request by Round Hill residents to improve pedestrian safety

Drivers often fail to respect the 20mph speed limit on the route through Round Hill along Prince’s Crescent and Wakefield Road, using it as a rat-run to avoid the junction of Ditchling Road with Upper Lewes Road. The problem has only worsened since the introduction of the new traffic system at this junction in Spring 2021. After years of countless near misses, sadly a 10-year-old child was knocked down on Prince’s Crescent on 18 October, 2021. Thankfully, she is recovering. It is clear the Round Hill rat run poses an increasing danger to pedestrians, as well as other road users. These are residential streets with many families and young children, and the rat run route is the way local children walk to and from the nearby Downs Infant and Junior Schools. The range of traffic-calming measures requested by Round Hill residents in this petition are in line with Council initiatives to promote active travel and low-traffic, liveable neighbourhoods across the city. Children in Round Hill are designing posters to launch our stop speeding campaign. What will the Council do?

This ePetition ran from 26/10/2021 to 15/11/2021 and has now finished.

171 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Thank you for you petition and I’m very sorry to hear about the accident involving the young child and we wish her a speedy recovery.
In terms of action, I have asked Officers to liaise with the Police to better understand the circumstances and contributing factors of the accident in order to address and develop potential engineering solutions that maybe required. I have also asked Officers to undertake speed surveys in and around the area and review all the existing road signs and markings in the area. I can also report that the Council recently purchased a number of new mobile vehicle activated speed warning signs and I will ensure that Officers make arrangements for these streets to be prioritised for deployment of these signs.


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