The B2123 – High Street and the junction with the A259 Coast Road are heavily congested with traffic levels far in excess of supposed maximum capacity levels. This congestion is not limited to rush hour times. The High Street narrows to under 5 meters within 30 meters of the junction traffic lights. The pavements are also exceptionally narrow along the High Street. There are two primary schools (approx. 500 pupils) and a number of care homes who have to use the High Street for access. There are existing issues about related vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian safety.
Any additional traffic (especially heavy construction traffic) will have a disproportionate impact on the existing lamentable conditions.
The access and egress possibilities for the playing field are limited for heavy and support construction traffic and will create problems within the local road network.
The playing field is close to the High Street and dust, as well as other pollution considerations, is likely to worsen the current pollution situation.
There are particularly sensitive sites (schools, nursing homes and churches to name some) in close proximity to the site.
Strategic Road Network Impact
The Highways Agency has required that an assessment of the impact of the development on the A27 (both during and post construction) as the A27 Falmer Road intersection already has congestion problems. This assessment may need to take into account the cumulative impact of other developments planned which could affect both the strategic and local road network.
The Rottingdean Character Statement produced by B&HCC in 2012 comments:
“The route of Falmer Road/High Street is also subject to high levels of traffic relative to its size and character. The traffic along the narrow High Street is particularly harmful, as the conflict between the needs of pedestrians and car users is most apparent here.”
“The High Street is formed by a strong building line with buildings fronting directly onto the narrow road with irregular pavements;”
B&HCC Air Quality Detailed Assessment for Rottingdean Village 2012 comments that:
“Many of the buildings flanking Rottingdean High Street and adjoining Vicarage Lane were built centuries before motorised traffic started to become popular in the 1920s. Street pavements are narrow and some residential facades are 45 cm (16 inches) from the road carriageway. The B2123 runs through the centre of Rottingdean village and typically carries around 14,000 vehicles a day.”
The pavements on Rottingdean High Street are narrow and uneven. On the majority of the west side of the High Street it is not possible for two people to walk alongside each other on the pavement.
The High Street has high pedestrian use (ref location of the car parks) but it is of considerable concern that there are two primary schools (500 pupils) and a number of care homes in the immediate vicinity, where the use of the High street for access is required.