High Street

This page features updates and background information on Parish Council and residents' activity to improve safety on the so-called pinch-point on the A265, High Street in Burwash village.

Update on the Residents' Petition

Click here for a report by local resident Lesley Moore on the outcome of the Burwash Petition.

Burwash Petitioners have their say

Former Councillor Natalie Crabtee, with Councillor Betty McBride and a group of Burwash residents led by Hilary Stewart and Lesley Moore, presented the 600-strong traffic petition at East Sussex County Council in Lewes on Thursday 26 June 2018. 

The petition - which calls for urgent action to make our High Street safer - was heard by Councillor Bill Bentley, ESCC's lead member for Communities and Safety.  Here are the supporting documents used by Councillor Crabtree - her statement to Cllr Bentley, the detailed response to ESCC's refusal to help with immediate traffic calming measures, the Department of Transport sources on setting local speed limits and photographs of the pinch-point. Click here to see a copy of from Parish Council Chair Betty McBride Councillor Bentley following the meeting.

Councillor McBride said after the session: ‘There were understanding nods round the table when we described the realities of living on the High Street. So it looks as if County won’t stand in our way on the question of implementing safety and traffic calming measures. On the other hand ... there wasn’t much money on the table. If we want safer lives and peace of mind in Burwash - we will probably need to think about community fundraising.“

Click HERE to find out more about the Parish Council's ambitions for a safer High Street. And here for background information on the High Street issue.



The current road works have changed the conditions on the High Street - FOR NOW - but don't forget, if YOU wintness dangerous traffic moments at the pinch-point on the High Street, we need to hear from you.

Use this link - and send in the details - let’s build up the vital evidence we need to make changes.


East Sussex Replies

The Parish Council received a letter from the Leader of East Sussex Cllr Glazier on the 27th June 2018.  For the full letter please click here.  The Parish Council‘s reply is available here.

Outsiders Update

The Outsiders residents‘ group, who are campaigning for road safety measures on the High Street met this week to discuss:

  • The 20-is-plenty campaign
  • Ways to inform and educate people about safer driving on the High Street
  • Preparing communications for the August Burwash Fete.
  • A road safety event with Burwash Primary Scool


DON’T FORGET  - an online village "evidence diary" has been launched to support the case for new safety measures. The group  want to hear from residents who have experienced dangerous traffic moments. Please use this link to a form which will help build up the vital evidence we need.


Every picture tells a story ...

An ITV Meridian news item on the traffic crisis (21 May) featured a statement from East Sussex County Council (ESCC). The statement promised that, following the submission of a petition from Burwash residents, a second assessment of road safety conditions on the High Street is to be carried out.

The first ESCC assessment found that Burwash High Street did not meet the criteria for road safety improvement funding. 


Burwash Parish councillor Natalie Crabtree presented a letter with over 600 signatories to the Chairman of East Sussex County Council.  She was accompanied by Burwash villagers George McAllister, Hilary Stewart and David Cowell, with Rev. Graham Lewis (St Philip's church, Burwash Weald) and local County Councillor John Barnes.

The petition letter calls on the County  to take urgent action to protect them from lorries mounting the pavement. The people of Burwash face daily threats-to-life if their houses are on - or they use - the pavement at the pinch-pointClick HERE to read the letter from residents.


Meanwhile, Burwash Parish Council still awaits an emergency meeting with East Sussex County Council (ESCC).

The ESCC's initial response to the Parish Council's call for a meeting resulted in a point-by-point rebuttal from residents at the recent BIG ISSUES Parish Assembly meeting in the Village Hall. 

The Parish Council has been told that the 600-strong petition calling for urgent traffic calming measures will be considered at the East Sussex County Council Lead Member Communities and Safety meeting in July 2018.

Read a copy of the original call to ESCC to act. The letter includes shocking photographic evidence of the "life-threatening daily dangers" faced by residents.

The campaign to protect residents living on the pinch-point  on the High Street was on the Front Page of the Battle Observer recently, and featured in the Sussex Express as well as ITV Meridian News.