Planners criticised over lack of parking at new Midhurst Rother College

Midhurst town councillors have heaped more criticism on West Sussex County Council planners of the new £31m school for failing to make adequate provision for children arriving by car.

There is serious concern in the town over the absence of a ‘dropping-off’ point for parents bringing pupils to the new Midhurst Rother College by car.

It is feared cars stopping near the entrance of the new school in North Street will cause traffic chaos on the already congested A286 at the start and end of the school day.

The problem came to light when residents and members of the town council were asked for their views on the controversial new school safety zone plans which included ‘keep clear’ signs, flashing lights, red road surfacing patches and slow markings in North Street as well as double and single yellow lines in Lambert Lane.

After a meeting with West Sussex County Council officers who designed the safety zones it emerged they had drastically reduced their plans for unpopular double and single yellow lines along Lamberts Lane and listened to concerns over several other issues.

But officers have refused to budge on the subject of dropping-off zones.

For full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer January 12