Renewed call for safety measures on Petworth roads

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A VETERAN traffic campaigner is again calling for road safety measures in Petworth’s Angel Street.

John Morgan raised the issue of speeding and large vehicles using the town as a through-road at a meeting of Petworth Town Council on Thursday, (July 18).

Councillors have spent many years of time, effort and money attempting to make their roads both pedestrian- and car-friendly, but are often exasperated by the number of heavy goods vehicles which continue to use the roads because their sat navs send them through the town.

They cause damage to both the foundations and to some of the listed buildings.

Mr Morgan, who lives in Angel Street, said: “I have been asking for something to be done about the dangerous traffic for a long time. I feel as if I have been misled for five years.

“There was half a mudguard outside my door this morning (Thursday). There is daily debris there.”

Town councillors said having Petworth as a lorry route often caused ‘utter chaos’.

They are again asking the highways department of West Sussex County Council to look at making some of the roads wider.

While traffic travelling to and from the Goodwood Festival of Speed was diverted around the town, this did however cause a ‘catch 22’ situation, as shops failed to see an increase in sales, which might have happened if traffic had passed through, said 
Chris Kemp.