School’s safety zone plans for Midhurst slammed

Midhurst Rother College has been slated for riding roughshod over the needs of the town in its demands for traffic and parking restrictions around the new school.

The new academy has come in for heavy criticism after it emerged it has called on West Sussex County Council to design draconian safety measures on public highways around the school.

These include ‘keep clear’ signs, a yellow-backed school sign incorporating flashing lights, red surfacing patches and slow markings in North Street, and double and single yellow lines as well as more ‘keep clear’ signs in Lamberts Lane.

Greg Merrett, project officer for WSCC’s safer routes to school team, told Midhurst Town Council the safety zone scheme had been designed specifically at the academy’s request.

But town councillors were angry they had had no communication from the academy over the proposals and are now demanding school representatives meet them to thrash out a more acceptable scheme.

For full story read Midhurst and Petworth Observer of October 20, 2011