‘Bigger and faster’ lorries are a nightmare in villages around Petworth

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THE increasing size and speed of tractors and lorries is affecting villages in the Midhurst and Petworth area.

Francis Hobbs, Chichester district councillor for Easebourne told members of the West Sussex county council’s local committee: “the problem is going to come and hit us soon.”

He said villagers in Lodsworth had complained about the issue: “Modern lorries and tractors are bigger and going faster,” he said.

He asked if county council highways engineers had undertaken a study of where lorries would go when they rerouted lorries to avoid the centre of Petworth.

“Do we actually think about where we want drivers to go,” he asked.

Highways officer Joel Sykes told him the lorry diversion at Petworth had been brought in some ten years ago.

It had been reviewed and newer vehicle activated signs had been added to the scheme, he said.

But he added: “This problem does not just affect Lodsworth, we get it at Northchapel and South of the Downs. It seems to be a problem county wide.”

He said it was a ‘major problem’.

Petworth county councillor Janet Duncton told the meeting she did not believe traffic routed around Petworth would be travelling through Lodsworth.

Chairman of the committee Michael Brown said it was the ‘law of unintended consequences’.

“You stop traffic going to one place and it goes through somewhere else and it may generate more problems there.”

Rogate villagers told the meeting they believed it was a SatNav issue.

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