On the agenda are updates on traffic management; mixed use area outside the Duke of Yorks; leaflet for welcoming students to the area; community safety. If there is anything else you wish to chat about come along to our friendly and informal meeting. It’s an opportunity to meet neighbours and find out what’s going on. DRARA Agenda 10-11-2015
The surface treatment at Ditchling Rise/Shaftesbury Place has been undertaken with the aim of increasing awareness of the junction area, increasing legibility and potentially reducing traffic speed. The works were delayed from last year to co-ordinate the surface treatment with scheduled maintenance works at this section of Ditchling Rise. The surface dressing being used was chosen for its durability – the same product has been used at Church Street/Jubilee Street/New Road junction where HGVs turn in daily to deliver to Tesco Express – as drays service The Signalman regularly and anecdotally this section of road sees high usage for a residential street.
In the first application of the surfacing, the resin failed due to the length of time the new surface underneath had been in place and the contractor was instructed to remedy the matter. The surface was planed out and the contractors planed too deep, leaving ruts in the surface. When the dressing was applied this failed again. The area was inspected by the Senior Engineer involved, to see if a full resurface would address the issues. The engineer advised this is not necessary and and is inspecting the surface preparation before a different type of surface dressing is applied. According to the supplier of the original surface dressing used, while it is the most hard-wearing, the product was unable to set properly due to the topography of the site.
We are assured that all remedial works are at the cost of the contractor. Abby is very keen to ensure that any work is installed to a high standard from the off-set, particularly taking into account that funds used are applied for and often hard won – these works need to last with minimal future maintenance cost.
The resurfacing works are part of a programme of measures agreed with representatives of Drara. (Other items included the cycle wheeling ramps over the footbridge, tidying up street tree pits and pedestrian wayfinding minilith.) All measures were funded by the LSTF 2011-14 project
The next London Road Local Area Team (LAT) meeting is at 6.15 for 6.30 at Calvary Church hall on Viaduct Road. The LAT brings together traders and residents, ward Councillors, the neighbourhood policing team, council officers, and representatives of local residents’ and traders’ groups to discuss issues in the area.
Full information is on the LAT website.
At our September meeting some residents raised concern at the amount of space left for pedestrians and cyclists around the seating area now outside the Duke of Yorks cinema. DRARA has been asked to look into this as some consider easy movement of pedestrians, cycles and pushchairs is now restricted. The cinema has posted a council license in the notice board on the front of their building (to the left of main entrance), giving the dimensions the council have allowed them for their seating area. Posted on September 15th 2016, people have 28 days from that date to register any objections with the council about the new arrangement. A sculptural planter is also being planned to go into the space in front of the Duke of Yorks, so this needs to be considered. At this point we don’t know if the council took the planter inoto consideration when granting the license for the tables and chairs is not known. Anyone who wants to comment should see the planning notice outside the cinema.