ALONG time ago, residents in Woodingdean received a Brighton and Hove City Council questionnaire asking for their preferences on certain options for the proposed improvements of theWoodingdean crossroad junction.

It included questions such as: How and where would you like the pedestrian crossing?

At right angles to footpaths or diagonally across the road?

And how far from the junction?

And so forth.

It even included a proposed cycle lane in Warren Way.

Nothing was heard about the proposals until warning signs appeared forecasting traffic delays in November 2010 for cable-laying.

Temporary traffic lights were put up and caused huge delays for weeks on end.

More works started in January and were scheduled to finish in time for Easter 2011.

Apparently, someone forgot to order the traffic lights and the finish date was rescheduled for last week, which was met.

All this work has left one major problem, though.

The crossing exits are totally unsatisfactory for the walking wounded, wheelchair users and mothers pushing buggies.

It would appear that whoever designed these works never visited the site.

Two of the finished footpaths, one on the south side of Warren Road at its junction with the Falmer Road, and one on the north side of Warren Way at the Falmer Road, have steep gradients as well as steep angles across the gradients, on which a wheelchair could easily turn over.

One girl from West Woodingdean cannot get to the shops in her wheelchair in Warren Way for fear of tipping over and the same problem must exist for disabled people wishing to get from Warren Way to Warren Road.

The projected costs of these works was £600,000, but to achieve what?

Traffic may move a little faster, but the lot of pedestrians has been made much worse.

Len Woodrup, The Brow, Woodingdean, Brighton

AS THE ward councillor for Meeds Ward, I am receiving many complaints about the traffic in Chanctonbury Road, Burgess Hill.

Residents lives continue to be seriously disrupted as a result of having to live with so many problems, including limited access as a result of construction of the newschool and the continuing problem of parents delivering and collecting their children from London Mead Primary School.

I have enormous sympathy for the head of London Mead, who has to live with all the issues and receive many complaints.

Chanctonbury is a narrow residential road and, in addition to buses, it is also a route for driving tests. As a result, it is frequently used by learner drivers, adding to the difficulties residents have to live with.

This is exactly why many of us opposed the development of another school in this congested area of Burgess Hill.

The Queen’s Crescent car park is available for parents to park while collecting and delivering their children and would significantly ease traffic congestion in the area and, most importantly, protect the children.

I would request more parents use this car park.

With three schools in this area, I have contacted West Sussex County Council to reduce the speed limit to 20mph to protect children and residents, and have requested the Department of Transport remove Chanctonbury Road as an official driving test route.

Anne Jones Cllr, Potters Lane, Burgess Hill Chain planning