A young pedestrian was injured following a crash on Viaduct Road this morning.
Police and ambulance were called to the crash, which is believed to have involved three cars, and which reportedly happened after the pedestrian walked into the road.
The accident happened where plantpot chicanes were installed this week in a bid to calm speeding traffic. They have been branded dangerous by motorists, who said they were an accident waiting to happen.
Speeds are down by about 20mph since the trial started – but cars are still breaking the 20mph limit, with one clocked doing 56mph.
However, police have told the council the car which struck the pedestrian was travelling at a normal speed and the casualty was not badly injured.
Councillor Ian Davey said: “I understand from the police that the incident occurred when a young man ran out in front of a car that was travelling at normal speed.
“There is no suggestion that the planters caused the accident in fact quite the contrary, their role in reducing vehicle speed may well have meant that the accident was much less serious than it would have been otherwise.”
A spokeswoman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 11.03am, with reports of a collision between a pedestrian and a car.
“We sent an ambulance and a response car – the ambulance was on scene at 11.07am
“There was a single patient, an adult male, who had suffered minor injuries. He was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.”
Police said they were called to a crash in Viaduct Road at 11.05am. Officers attended and the incident was resolved by midday.
*Piece updated on Sunday, February 15 to remove any suggestion the car struck the pedestrian while on the pavement.