Further review of Camber Sands road issues begins

Camber Sands, East Sussex

A further review of measures to deal with serious congestion around a popular East Sussex beach is underway following the first busy weekend of the summer season.

Partners involved in planning for Camber Sands have set up a group to focus on traffic management in a bid to tackle issues caused by thousands of vehicles heading to the beach on peak days.

During the first period of warm weather this season, record numbers flocked to the area resulting in congestion on the roads, irresponsible parking and the abuse of parking enforcement officers, police and others working at Camber.

Although measures are already in place as part of Operation Radcott – an annual initiative bringing together a range of organisations and authorities, partners are keen to see if any more can be done to improve the traffic situation.

A spokesperson for Operation Radcott said: “A great deal of planning and resource goes into making summer seasons at Camber Sands as safe and successful as possible. With foreign holidays severely restricted this year due to the Covid pandemic, as expected, we are seeing significantly higher numbers visiting the beach.

“While we are restricted by resource and legislation, our experience with traffic flow and congestion over recent weeks has highlighted the need go back and explore every possible option available to us. There are no easy answers to this.”

The task and finish group will meet and report back to Operation Radcott partners as soon as possible.

The spokesperson added: “We appreciate the effect high visitor numbers have on local residents in the Camber area and want to reassure them that we will do everything within our power to continue to address the issues they face.”

Operation Radcott involves Rother District Council, Sussex Police, East Sussex County Council, Camber Parish Council, the RNLI, HM Coastguard, South East Coast Ambulance, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and local stakeholders.

Last month the group launched a new campaign ‘Our beach, your beach, our home’ in a bid to encourage visitors to treat the area and those living in the village with respect.

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