|I left home this Sunday morning in a rush to collect a
prescription. I hadn't travelled more than 50 yards only to be stopped
by man waving a red flag. "Roads closed - you will have to wait or go
somewhere else for your drive!"
Now I know for a fact that to close a road it takes rather more than a man
with a flag so I politely asked on what authority he was acting. His reply was
unprintable. Basically his friends were having a bike ride, I had the misfortune
to want to travel on the same day and I could wait!
Living in Horsted Keynes we have to put up with several events over the year
from the London to Brighton bike ride to the traction engines. Now I am NOT
complaining about the events themselves but I AM asking why we don't get some
sort of warning first? In most cases like today's bike ride we don't get any,
and even on the London Brighton which legally closes the road at certain times,
I was stopped a full hour before the road was meant to close!
I would love to know if the police ever check the participants. None of the
bikes that I could see had warning reflectors, nor audible warning instruments
(a bell to you and me). Oh yes and due care and attention went out of the window
too, the riders came round the bend on the wrong side of the road with their
Can I also ask why hundreds of motorcycles are allowed to travel through the
village each year, all belching fumes from badly tuned engines running old
Why should they be able to break the rules of the road. How do I complain to
the Parish Council?