New campaign to tackle speed in Midhurst area

Peter Cochrane who is campaigning to make the stretch of road from Midhurst to Cocking safer.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131400-2

Peter Cochrane who is campaigning to make the stretch of road from Midhurst to Cocking safer.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131400-2

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COCKING parish councillor David Imlach is leading a campaign to reduce speed on roads in the Midhurst and Petworth area.

The initiatve comes from the North West Forum consisting of representatives from the 16 parishes in 
the area.

Members have decided their top two priorities are securing more affordable housing for people in the area and reducing the speed of traffic.

After the latest accident on the A286 just outside Midhurst last week, road safety campaigner Peter Cochrane called on West Sussex County Council to introduce safety measures before there was a fatal accident.

Now he is joining forces with the North West Forum group.

“We are looking at the problem, not only on the A286, but the A272 as well which has had fatal accidents on it,” said Mr Imlach, “and we are also looking at various smaller roads where there are concerns.”

The group has already met Ed Dickinson, the county council’s community development manager who gave a talk on speed on roads.

Following the meeting, Cocking parish councillors decided to organise a petition to highlight the concern of villagers about speeding traffic through the village.

This will be handed to the county council, calling for a full survey of traffic use in Cocking.

“In addition,” said Mr Imlach, ”we are arranging for a further overview of the use 
of speed indicator devices.

“We were trained on how to use speed guns but the use of speed indicator devices in Cocking has been turned down on two occasions for various safety reasons.”

He added: “It is good to see that Easebourne villagers have been using a speed indicator and there are at least two other parishes looking into their use.”

There was much speed and road safety investigation work being carried out, said Mr Imlach and he urged parish councils to send representatives to forum meetings.

“We are also asking the national park to re-look at putting a South Downs Way crossing sign at the top of Cocking hill and suggested that on Goodwood race or event days, speed warnings are printed on the back of tickets.”

Careless driving and other offences, he said, could be reported to police through their Operation Crackdown scheme by calling 01243 642222.