‘No more traffic’ plead Fenrhurst residents

Marley Lane showing not only the state of the road, but also the width which could - and does- cause serious problems in times of emergency.
Marley Lane showing not only the state of the road, but also the width which could - and does- cause serious problems in times of emergency.

CONTROVERSIAL plans to further expand a nursing home on Marley Common, near Fernhurst have angered residents living nearby.

They are already fighting for safety measures to ease dangers to pedestrians and traffic in the narrow lane and recently heard they have won their right for double yellow lines to restrict parking on the dangerous bends.

But they say the lane cannot cope with more traffic which would be generated by the latest planning application from Rosemary Park Nursing Home, in Marley Lane.

Residents say they are already baffled by the approval given by planners to several other applications since 2005 during which time the number of patients at the nursing home has increased from 72 to 130 together with an increase in staffing levels.

Now, they say more applications in quick succession could add a further 32 patients and 14 resident staff with the addition of even more traffic along the narrow and damaged Marley Lane, which is also used as an alternative route should the A286 be blocked in the nearby area.

Recently objectors told their West Sussex county councillors at a north local committee it was time their highways officers accepted the lane could not cope with more traffic.

Their anger boiled over when they were told the planning committee would decide the plan today (March 14) giving them limited time to air their views.

The decision has now been deferred “to allow officers and third parties time to absorb further additional information in view of concerns expressed by third parties relating to the publicity period.”

“We cannot understand why the national park seems to be in such a rush to determine this application,” said objector Suzanne Riley, “Surely it is important for the credibility of the park that they give people a fair opportunity to have their say.”

Antonia Plant, who also lives close by, said: “I hope they refuse permission for these buildings which represent a major development in a rural area.”