Good news for Petworth road safety champion

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A PETWORTH road safety campaigner who has waged a hard-fought battle for improvements in Angel Street has been told highways officers will address the issue next year.

John Morgan has attended many meetings of Petworth Town Council over the last 18 months calling for action and asking for support for pedestrian safety measures in Angel Street.

On one occasion he even produced a selection of vehicle parts at a meeting which he said came from vehicles colliding with each other as they negotiated the narrow road.

In January this year he raised the issue again, saying he had been told six months earlier to ‘watch this space’ but was not aware of any progress.

He said residents wanted pinch points to slow traffic down and make it safer to use the narrow pavements.

Chairman of the town council’s traffic and planning committee Neville Fox said he shared his frustration at the lack of action from highways engineers who had been asked to come and talk to town councillors and tell them what could and could not be done to improve safety.

But at last week’s town council meeting county councillor Chris Duncton said he had spoken to highways officers to look at options for action in Petworth and Angel Street was to be given priority.

Chairman of the council Ken Lintill said the street would be included in the county council’s 2013 to 2014 highways programme and officers would look at options.