Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Best Rushlake Green guide to road re-cycling

- general information
- latest news as at 9th sept
- previously published Roadworks Special Editions (archive)

 

general information

No gain without pain

The gain here being (hopefully) a more permament prevention of the dangerous and persistant potholes that have plagued the road between Rushlake Green and Cowbeech. The pain being the necessary roadworks to achieve this, which will innevitably mean quite a lot of disruption and inconvenience.

On a positive note, some of the fears about a complete shutdown of life as we know it appear now proved unjustified. The roadworks crews have shown that they are actually quite flexible about allowing residents to move around freely in all but the sections where excavation works are actually taking place.

The closure and the diversion
The road repairs are being carried out on sections of road C15 between a point just South of the Dunn Village Hall in Rushlake Green to a point somewhere on Cowbeech Hill south of Cowbeech towards Carters Corner (see map above). The Roadworks are scheduled to continue from 27th August to 27th September 2014. The work will comprise a series of repair sections covering either one or both carriageways, followed by a complete re-surfacing. The position of these repair sections are marked out with lines on the road and yellow posts in the verge, so residents should be able to see whether there will be work immediately outside their house.
The diversion for through-traffic will be via Bodle Street Green although much longer routes could be taken by heavy vehicles for which the Bodles Street route is less than ideal.

The responsibilities
These road improvements are being provided by the Highways Team at East Sussex County Council. The contractor is Kier MG and their subcontractor is MST Recycling.

Access for residents
During the work, except when work is taking place immediately outside their house, residents are generally able to drive out on a route away from the work in progress. Residents have been given permits so that they are able to return, via the closed sections of road. Movement should be reasonably easy providing people know roughly where the work is taking place.

Access for businesses
The contractors have placed prominent 'businesses open a usual' signs at entry points to the closed roads. Hopefully this will mean that those needing to access businesses inside the zone will be able to do so wherever physically possible. ESCC tell us that: "All businesses are most welcome to place 'open' signs on the highway relating to their business . . . These signs should be placed in a safe position at least 450mm back from the carriageway edge and not blocking drivers' vision."

Night-time access
It appears that is reasonably free access to all sections during out of hours although this will be at car-owner's risk as the road surfaces will be unfinished in places and will technically be not suitable for traffic.

Buses
School buses are being allowed through as normal whenever possible. ESCC Highways has agreed with their Passenger Transport section that: "Where it is safe to do so, commercial buses can traverse through the site up to where the works are ongoing, at which point they will then have to back-track and follow the diversion". It has been left with the bus drivers themselves to liaise with gate-crews on each day concerned.

Contacts and sources of information
The East Sussex County Council reference for the project is EA0201440-26732/2.

The location description used on the ESCC systems is 'Cowbeech Road C15' and the work is listed under Cowbeech Parish.

To see the basic information on the East Sussex interactive map click this link:
http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/roads/roadworks/map.aspx

Anyone seeking more information should contact the ESCC Highways Contact Centre, on 03455 60 80 193

Road repair process

The repairs involve 're-cycling the road materials'. Essentially this involves scraping off the top 300mm (12 inches) of the road surface on a section where the road is damaged. The scraped off materials are then mixed with strengthening ingredients such as cement and lime and then this re-mixed material is rolled and shaped back onto the scraped surface to create a more durable road structure. It is to be hoped that this will be a more effective way of preventing potholes from re-appearing soon after repairs are made. This recycling and rebuilding of the damaged patches of road will take several weeks. After that, ESCC tell us, they will be "resurfacing the recycled patches with tarmac and carrying out some overlays". They go on to say: "This site will then be Surface Dressed in the future probably next year or the year after".

Tracking progress

We have created our own map, This is not an official ESCC map. But it will be kept up to date based on MST's advance warnings and their close-up maps.

Please keep us informed of any local issues by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or commenting on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushlake-Green-Village-Leaf/105087416358425 We will try to put regular updates on the Facebook page but will also try to keep this page up to date as things develop.

Normal Green Shoots will be resumed shortly, in the meantime . . .

ROADWORKS PM Tues 16th Sept

The main work continues to be on the stretch going south, out of Cowbeech, down to the Junction with Cinderford Lane, at Batchelors, and onwards down Cowbeech Hill. Very rough terrain throughout that area but you should be able to get across the crossroads there to Herstmonceux. See our facebook page: rushlake green village for more updates.

Road work - period from Tuesday 9th Sept

Below is our latest road works map, based on information from MST Recycling, the road reconstruction subcontractors.
For the most recent more detailed maps from MST please go to 'Best Rushlake Green guide to road re-cycling'. You can also still see previous material published earier in our Roadworks Special Edition.

Recycling work is pretty advanced from just before Clippenham Farm corner to just outside Cowbeech, and will continue until the end of this week. Major work has now started the south of Cowbeech to the junction with Cinderford Lane and on down Cowbeech Hill. No work within Cowbeech as yet but things there may get very congested at times. But work is progressing very rapidly at present so we cannot guarantee that our map is keeping up!

Blue indicates sections where the re-cycling is complete. However there may still be some work continuing in these stretches. Orange indicates the area that will be re-cycled from Tues 9th September.
Purple indicates areas where MST is preparing the road for re-cycling.

 

Please liaise with the gateman on site if you have any questions. Head gateman is Derrick (07756 576956)

PLEASE OBSERVE THE 10MPH SPEED LIMIT WHEN DRIVING THROUGH ANY WORKS AREA
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Buses 

Many buses, particularly school buses, have been allowed wind their way through the work areas.
The Cuckmere Bus company has been working with the contractors to ensure that the 195 service to Eastbourne on Wednesdays is able to operate. However we have no confirmation of whether Wednesday's bus will be picking up or dropping off in the stretch between Rushlake Green and Cowbeech. Normal collections will be made from Rushlake Green and Cowbeech onwards to Eastbourne, as last week.

roadworks latest - as at 9th sept.

Latest information from MST re-cycling, as of pm Tues 9th Sept, indicates that the main activity through to the weekend will be on the stretch leading up to Cowbeech.

Work is fully underway from just before Clippenham Farm corner to just outside Cowbeech and will continue until the end of this week. Small amount of work on the south approach to Cowbeech. Preparation work also beginning soon South of Cowbeech. No work within Cowbeech as yet but things there may get very congested at times.

Blue indicates sections where the re-cycling is complete. However there may still be some work continuing in these stretches. Orange indicates the area that will be re-cycled from Tues 9th September.
Purple indicates areas where MST is preparing the road for re-cycling.

Most recent MST Work Maps:

Please liaise with the gateman on site if you have any questions.

Head gateman is Derrick (07756 576956)

PLEASE OBSERVE THE 10MPH SPEED LIMIT WHEN DRIVING THROUGH ANY WORKS AREA
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Buses 

Many buses, particulrly school buses, have been allowed wind their way through the work areas.
The Cuckmere Bus company has been working with the contractors to ensure that the 195 service to Eastbourne on Wednesdays is able to operate. However we have no confirmation of whether Wednesday's bus will be picking up or dropping off in the stretch between Rushlake Green and Cowbeech. Normal collections will be made from Rushlake Green and Cowbeech onwards to Eastbourne, as last week.

 

previous - roadworks Special Editions

Below are copies of the roadworks editions previously published.

2rd special edition 5th Sept

Our community website for Rushlake Green, the Parish of Warbleton and the surrounding areas of East Sussex - 1st Sept 2014

Green Shoots - Roadworks Special Edition

Roadworks - late special - 5th September 2014

Below is our latest assessment of the work in progress at close of play 4th Sept

PLEASE OBSERVE THE 10MPH SPEED LIMIT WHEN DRIVING THROUGH ANY WORKS AREA

Blue indicates sections where the re-cycling is complete. However there may still be some work continuing in these stretches. Orange indicates the area that will be re-cycled from Friday 5th September.  Finally Purple indicates areas where MST is preparing the road for re-cycling.

The following maps, supplied by the subcontractors MST Re-cycling earlier in the week, showed the anticipated work for the period from Tuesday 2nd September. They tell us "Please note that this plan is to be used as a rough guide only. Due to the nature of our work, we cannot gaurantee which areas we will be working on any particular day. Please liaise with the gateman on site if you have any questions. Our head gateman is Derrick (07756 576956)"

2rd special edition 1st Sept

Roadworks - latest 1st September 2014

The following maps, supplied by the subcontractors MST Re-cycling, show the anticipated work for the period from Tuesday 2nd September.

Blue indicates sections where the re-cycling is complete. However there may still be some work continuing in these stretches. Orange indicates the area that will be re-cycled from Tuesday 2nd September.  Finally Purple indicates areas where MST will be preparing the road for re-cycling. They tell us "Please note that this plan is to be used as a rough guide only. Due to the nature of our work, we cannot gaurantee which areas we will be working on any particular day. Please liaise with the gateman on site if you have any questions. Our head gateman is Derrick (07756 576956)"

 

PLEASE OBSERVE THE 10MPH SPEED LIMIT WHEN DRIVING THROUGH ANY OF THE WORKS AREAS

Buses - latest 1st September 2014

The Cuckmere Bus company has been working with the contractors to ensure that the 195 service to Eastbourne on Wednesdays is able to operate. On Wednesday 3rd September, the 195 to will collect from Rushlake Green in the morning as normal and then travel, via a diversion, to Cowbeech where it will pick up further passengers before travelling onwards to Eastbourne. There will be no pick-ups between Rushlake Green and Cowbeech. In the afternoon, the arrangement will operate in reverse with some passengers being dropped of at Cowbeech before the bus goes onwards to bus Rushlake Green drop-off after a diversion. The bus company will make adjustments to the route on the Wednesdays to come after getting up to date news from the contractors about the stage of the roadworks have reached by that time. We will try to bring you further news on this service as the future arrangements are finalised.

The contractors are also working with the school bus company to ensure that the school buses are able to operate as normally as possible from Thursday 4th onwards. The bus company will endeavour to warn students of any changes to the collection points for school buses during the weeks head. We will bring you further news on bus arrangements as it becomes available.

 

No gain without pain

The gain here being (hopefully) a more permament prevention of the dangerous and persistant potholes that have plagued the road between Rushlake Green and Cowbeech. The pain being the necessary roadworks to achieve this, which will innevitably mean quite a lot of disruption and inconvenience.

On a positive note, some of the more sensationalist rumours about a complete shutdown of life as we know it appear now to be unjustified. The roadworks crews have already shown that they are actually quite flexible about allowing residents to move around freely in all but the sections where excavation works are actually taking place.

This is however quite an extensive project, involving the properties of many local residents and businesses, which is due to continue to the end of September. Hence this special edition of Green Shoots to provide some reliable and hopefully helpful information as the project gets under way.
(Please also follow and LIKE our Facebook page: Rushlake Green Village Leaf

The closure and the diversion
The road repairs will be carried out on sections of road C15 between a point just South of the Dunn Village Hall in Rushlake Green to a point somewhere on Cowbeech Hill south of Cowbeech towards Carters Corner (see map above). The Roadworks are scheduled to continue from 27th August to 27th September 2014. The work will comprise a series of repair sections covering either one or both carriageways, followed by a complete re-surfacing. The position of these repair sections are marked out with lines on the road and yellow posts in the verge, so residents should be able to see whether there will be work immediately outside their house. Timing of the direct impact on any particular stretch will be less certain but the work will start at Rushlake Green and progress southwards in stages.
The diversion for through-traffic will be via Bodle Street Green although much longer routes could be taken by heavy vehicles for which the Bodles Street route is less than ideal.

The responsibilities
These road improvements are being provided by the Highways Team at East Sussex County Council. The contractor is Kier MG and their subcontractor is MST Recycling.

Access for residents
During the work, except when work is taking place immediately outside their house, residents be able to drive out on a route away from the work in progress. Residents have been given permits so that they are able to return, via the close sections of road. Early indications are that movement should be reasonably easy providing we know roughly where the work is taking place.

Access for businesses
The contractors have placed prominent 'businesses open a usual' signs at entry points to the closed roads. Hopefully this will mean that those needing to access businesses inside the zone will be able to do so wherever physically possible. ESCC tell us that: "All businesses are most welcome to place 'open' signs on the highway relating to their business . . . These signs should be placed in a safe position at least 450mm back from the carriageway edge and not blocking drivers' vision."

Night-time access
It appears that there will be reasonably free access to all sections during out of hours although this will be at car-owners risk as the road surfaces will be unfinished in places.

Buses
School buses will be allowed through as normal. ESCC Highways has agreed with their Passenger Transport section that: "Where it is safe to do so, commercial buses can traverse through the site up to where the works are ongoing, at which point they will then have to back-track and follow the diversion". It has been left with the bus drivers themselves to liaise with gate-crews on each day concerned. See above for detailed Bus news.

Contacts and sources of information
The East Sussex County Council reference for the project is EA0201440-26732/2. The location description used on the ESCC systems is 'Cowbeech Road C15' and the work is listed under Cowbeech Parish.
To see the basic information on the East Sussex interactive map click this link:
http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/roads/roadworks/map.aspx

Anyone seeking more information should contact the ESCC Highways Contact Centre, on 03455 60 80 193

Road repair process

Our understanding is that the repairs will involve 're-cycling the road materials'. Essentially this appears to involve scrapping off the top 300mm (12 inches) of the road surface on a section where the road is damaged. The scraped off materials are then mixed with strengthening ingredients such as cement and lime and then this re-mixed material is rolled and shaped back onto the scraped surface to create a more durable road structure. It is to be hoped that this will be a more effective way of preventing potholes from re-appearing soon after repairs are made. This recycling and rebuilding of the damaged patches of road will take several weeks. After that, ESCC tell us, they will be "resurfacing the recycled patches with tarmac and carrying out some overlays". The go on to say: "This site will then be Surface Dressed in the future probably next year or the year after".

Tracking progress

We have created our own map (see above). This is not an official ESCC map. But it will be kept up to date based on MST's advance warnings and their close-up maps.

Please keep us informed of any local issues by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or commenting on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushlake-Green-Village-Leaf/105087416358425 We will try to put regular updates on the Facebook page but will also try to keep this page up to date as things develop.



Normal Green Shoots will be resumed shortly, in the meantime . . .

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1st edition

Our community website for Rushlake Green, the Parish of Warbleton and the surrounding areas of East Sussex - 27th August 2014

Green Shoots - Roadworks Special Edition

No gain without pain

The gain here being (hopefully) a more permament prevention of the dangerous and persistant potholes that have plagued the road between Rushlake Green and Cowbeech. The pain being the necessary roadworks to achieve this, which will innevitably mean quite a lot of disruption and inconvenience.. This is a special edition of Green Shoots to provide some reliable and hopefully helpful information as the project gets under way. (Please also follow and LIKE our Facebook page: Rushlake Green Village Leaf)


The closure and the diversion
Our understanding is that the road repairs will be carried out on sections of road C15 between a point just South of the Dunn Village Hall in Rushlake Green to a point somewhere on Cowbeech Hill south of Cowbeech towards Carters Corner (see map above). The Roadworks are scheduled to continue from 27th August to 27th September 2014. The work will comprise a series of repair sections covering either one or both carriageways, followed by a complete re-surfacing. The position of these repair sections are marked out with lines on the road and yellow posts in the verge, so residents should be able to see whether there will be work immediately outside their house. Timing of the direct impact on any particular stretch will be less certain but the work will start at Rushlake Green and progress southwards in stages.

The diversion for through-traffic will be via Bodle Street Green although much longer routes could be taken by heavy vehicles for which the Bodles Street route is less than ideal.

The responsibilities
These road improvements are being provided by the Highways Team at East Sussex County Council. The contractor is Kier MG and their subcontractor is MST Recycling.

Access for residents
During the work, except when work is taking place immediately outside their house, residents be able to drive out on a route away from the work in progress. Residents have been given permits so that they are able to return, via the close sections of road. Early indications are that movement shoukd be reasonably easy providing we know roughly where the work is taking place.

Access for businesses
The contractors have placed prominent 'businesses open a usual' signs at entry points to the closed roads. Hopefully this will mean that those needing to access businesses inside the zone will be able to do so wherever physically possible. ESCC tell us that: "All businesses are most welcome to place 'open' signs on the highway relating to their business . . . These signs should be placed in a safe position at least 450mm back from the carriageway edge and not blocking drivers' vision."

Night-time access
It appears that there will be reasonably feer access to all sections during out of hours.

Buses
School buses will be allowed through as normal. ESCC Highways has agreed with their Passenger Transport section that: "Where it is safe to do so, commercial buses can traverse through the site up to where the works are ongoing, at which point they will then have to back-track and follow the diversion". It has been left with the bus drivers themselves to liaise with gate-crews on each day concerned.

Contacts and sources of information
The East Sussex County Council reference for the project is EA0201440-26732/2. The location description used on the ESCC systems is 'Cowbeech Road C15' and the work is listed under Cowbeech Parish.
To see the basic information on the East Sussex interactive map click this link:
http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/roads/roadworks/map.aspx

For Rushlake Green residents there has not been a great deal of communication about this project so far. However by 26th August, residents should have received a briefing note from Roger Willams, Head of Highways at ESCC explaining the work scope of work.

A briefing was held in Cowbeech, at the request of locals from there, which the contractors attended. No similar briefing is planned for Rushlake Green. However the Warbleton Parish Council is due to hold a liaison meeting with ESCC. This is not a public meeting but you could pass on any concerns you have to the Parish Clerk so that answers can be obtained from those attending on behalf of ESCC.

In the meantime anyopne seeking more information should contact the ESCC Highways Contact Centre, on 03455 60 80 193

Road repair process
Our understanding is that the repairs will involve 're-cycling the road materials'. Essentially this appears to involve scrapping off the top 300mm (12 inches) of the road surface on a section where the road is damaged. The scraped off materials are then mixed with strengthening ingredients such as cement and lime and then this re-mixed material is rolled and shaped back onto the scraped surface to create a more durable road structure. It is to be hoped that this will be a more effective way of preventing potholes from re-appearing soon after repairs are made. This recycling and rebuilding of the damaged patches of road will take several weeks. After that, ESCC tell us, they will be "re-surfacing the whole length of the road". We understand this will take place towards the end of the one-month work-programme.

Scheduling
We have not been able to obtain a detailed schedule of when each section of the road will be repaired. However the plan clearly is to start at the Rushlake Green end and move section by section towards and through Cowbeech.

Tracking progress
This is where you come in. The more you can tell us about where the work is taking place and which secions are completely closed at that time, the more accurate will be the information we provide to others.

We have created our own map (see above). This is not an official ESCC map. It is our current understanding of what happening where and it relies on you giving us up to date information about where the work is taking place / about to take place, and where roads are closed.

Please keep us informed by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or commenting on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushlake-Green-Village-Leaf/105087416358425 We will try to put regular updates on the Facebook page but will also try to keep this page up to date as things develop.