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I would like to request a new traffic sign
Nationally we are being encouraged to de-clutter and remove existing street furniture that is no longer needed.
Over use of signs can dilute their effectiveness where they are really needed. New signs are only provided where it's really necessary to ensure that there is not an overload of information on the driver. East Sussex County Council's Traffic and Safety team assess and approve new signs on the highway.
Please contact us if you would like a new traffic sign and we will send the request onto the Traffic and Safety team who will then respond to you directly.
I would like a concealed entrance sign
East Sussex Highways does not provide concealed entrance signs. Concealed entrance signs can be placed on private land by home owners but they must not impersonate a highway sign.
I would like a speed sensor sign
Please contact us to apply for a speed sensor sign. East Sussex County Council's Traffic and Safety team will review your request and contact you directly.
I would like a temporary speed reminder sign
For temporary speed reminder signs please contact us and we will send the request to East Sussex County Council's Traffic and Safety team. These signs remain in place for up to six months. There are a limited number of these signs and sites are reviewed by the Traffic and Safety team.
How do I apply for a temporary directional sign to advertise an event?
If you require a temporary directional sign to advertise an event, please contact us. We will pass your request to East Sussex County Council's Traffic and Safety Team who will contact you directly. Full details and a map of the signs locations are required in order for the team to process the application.
How do I request a brown tourist sign?
If you're a business and require a brown tourist sign please contact us. We will pass your request onto East Sussex County Council's Traffic and Safety Team who will get in contact with you directly. You will be responsible for the maintenance of the sign and will require public liability insurance.
How do I apply for a neighbourhood watch sign?
To request a neighbourhood watch sign, please complete the form listed below and return to email@example.com.
Details of proposed sites for these signs will be reviewed and if a licence is approved details of sign specifications and suppliers will be provided by East Sussex County Council's Traffic and Safety team.
A temporary sign has been left out, but the event has passed
If an event has passed the sign will be removed by the local Highway Steward or a member of our Enforcement Team. Removed signs are retained for a short period of time should the advertiser wish to collect their signs.
Are developments allowed to have directional signs on the highway?
Our Transport Development Control team liaise with developers and can agree to signs being placed on the highway.
What are amenity signs?
Amenity signs identify public amenities such as car parks, toilets, parks, tourist information offices etc. These signs are licensed and have specifications agreed by East Sussex County Council's Traffic and Safety Team. These signs are paid for by the applicant and they are responsible for the maintenance and the public liability of the signs.
What is an advertisement?
An advertisement as defined in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 is:
“Any word, letter, model, sign, placard, board, notice, awning, blind, device or representation, whether illuminated or not, in the nature of, and employed wholly or partly for the purposes of, advertisement, announcement or direction, and includes any hoarding or similar structure used or designed or adapted principally for use, for the display of advertisements”.
What is a finger post sign?
Finger posts are directional signs found in rural areas. They tend to be wooden and match their rural setting rather than a metal sign.
What is a nameplate?
A nameplate is a sign which shows the name of the road. These signs are the responsibility of the district or borough council.
What signs do you maintain?
We maintain all signs relating to the highway, speed restriction, warning, hazard and information signs with the exception of brown tourist signs, street nameplates and local amenity signs. This maintenance includes repairing and replacing signs and their posts as well as cleaning sign faces to ensure that they are clearly visible.
There is a damaged/askew sign
If a sign is damaged or askew, please let us know. The local Highway Steward for the area will carry out an inspection and arrange for any necessary repairs to be made.
A nameplate (road name) sign is damaged, who do I report it to?
Nameplate signs display the name of a road and are maintained by the district and borough councils.
A speed sensor sign is not working
Speed sensor signs are maintained by our Street Lighting Team. Please let us know of any issues.
Who do I report a damaged finger post to?
Finger posts (wooden directional signs) are the responsibility of East Sussex Highways. Please let us know if there is a damaged finger post so that we can inspect and arrange any necessary repairs.
A sign has been defaced
If a sign has been defaced please let us know. The local Highway Steward will carry out an inspection and arrange any necessary works.
The sign needs cleaning
We do not currently have a regular cleaning programme for signs. If a sign is considered dangerous the local Highway Steward will inspect it and if necessary arrange for it to be cleaned. Please contact us to report this and the local Highway Steward will carry out an inspection and arrange any necessary works. They may be able to use the equipment that they carry to clean signs out on site if it is safe for them to do so.