Midhurst victory in fight over sat-nav

Too narrow -  Red Lion Street, where lorries often hit the buildings. Picture by Louise Adams C131063-1
Too narrow - Red Lion Street, where lorries often hit the buildings. Picture by Louise Adams C131063-1

A MAJOR battle against the menace of the sat-nav in the historic centre of Midhurst has been won.

A MAJOR battle against the menace of the sat-nav in the historic centre of Midhurst has been won.

West Sussex County Council, Midhurst Town Council and the Midhurst Society have been fighting to safeguard the historic buildings which are constantly damaged by huge lorries squeezing through the narrow streets.

Town councillors were aware that many lorry drivers were using satellite navigation systems to plan their routes and have been trying to hit the problem at its source.

They have been talking to Tom Tom and Navteq in a bid to get them to change their routes.

And now town councillors are delighted to announce one of the major sat-nav companies has taken their concerns on board.

In a statement the town council said: “We are now delighted to advice Tom Tom has acknowledged the classification they have applied to Ashfield Road, Red Lion Street, Church Hill, West Street, South Street and Chichester Road needed review and as a result they classification has been lowered.

“The company is currently carrying out tests to ensure these changes have a positive effect on routing in Midhurst.

“These changes should be included in all map releases from this winter 2013.”

See the Midhurst and Petworth Observer this week (August 1) for the full article.