Ambulance staff are struggling to find houses at night - because numbers and property names aren’t clear enough.

Paramedics from South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) say that bad signposting adds vital minutes onto 999 callouts.

Although workers rely on satellite navigation, they rely on spotting numbers if the system fails.

Now a group of Wealden District councillors have been tasked with improving signage, especially in rural areas.

A report by the group stated: “There are many properties where property names and numbers are obscured for a number of reasons.

“Perhaps gates are open and the name is therefore not visible; or property signs have been left to deteriorate and become illegible: or maybe there is no name or number.

“Although satellite navigation systems are used, some postcodes are shared by many properties in an area.”

A spokesman for SECAmb welcomed the report’s recommendations.

He added: “We urge everyone to check their property to ensure it could be easily identified in the event of an emergency."