Brightling – street naming update

And now for something that is not about the virus.,,,

The street naming project has made progress.  The results of Rother District Council’s postal consultation are in, and all our proposed changes have been accepted apart from one.

The changes are:

  • the road formerly known (to Rother District Council) as Hollingrove Road has been split into two: Hollingrove Hill from Oxley’s Green to Hollingrove triangle; and Hollingrove Lane from there to Twelve Oaks
  • the road from the triangle near Avenue Lodge into Brightling is now officially known as Long Reach
  • the road through the middle of Brightling, down as far as the top of Rectory Hill is now officially known as The Street.

The one change that didn’t get through was the proposal to call the road from the mine entrance up the hill to the Mount “Coombe Hill Road” (below the mine entrance is in Burwash parish, where we try not to interfere).  That road is officially known (according to RDC) as Perrymans Lane and the voting was 4 to 2 (we are told) in favour of keeping the name Perrymans Lane.  That is a bit of a shame because we learned from some very long-standing residents that Coombe Hill Road was the traditional name, and it is confusing to have two distinct sections of road both called Perrymans Lane.  However, that would appear to be the “will of the people”.

The final road names are shown below.  The situation regarding “Battle Road” is unresolved.  To the Post Office, the road from the top of Rectory Hill all the way down to Darwell Hole crossroads is known as “Battle Road, Brightling”.  To Rother District Council, the same stretch of road (all of it) is called “Cackle Street”.  The B2096 from the Darwell Hole crossroads is also known as “Battle Road” but the Post Office call this one “Battle Road, Dallington” – even the bits that are in Brightling.  That’s how the Post Office distinguishes between their two Battle Roads.  Rother don’t have that problem because the B2096 is the only Battle Road according to Rother.  This is known as “The great Battle Road ambiguity”, and even the greatest minds in Brightling have not come up with a solution.

There is no intention to put up physical street signs anywhere.  The road names are just for the purposes of maps, temporary warning signs etc.