Tillington villagers are calling for a lowering of the speed limit on the busy A272 amid safety fears and concerns over noise pollution.
Leading campaigner Edmund Warwick Gee, told a meeting of the West Sussex County Council’s north local committee Tillington sat astride the increasingly busy road. His proposal, backed by the parish council was to incorporate the current 40 mph zones either side of Tillington into a single extended 30mph zone. He said about 80 homes accessed the A272 in the current 40 mph zone: “Turning out into such fast moving traffic is often difficult and dangerous.”
The popular New Lodge entry to Petworth Park attracted another 100 car movements a day: “Dangerous incidents have been witnessed here when children or dogs have run out into the road,” he said adding: “Access to the bus stop on the south side means crossing the main road in the 40 mph section. With no pedestrian crossing this is undoubtedly dangerous for families, children and slower moving elderly people.”
The A272 was also notorious for bikers: “Noise pollution and speeding at weekends is a serious problem. Tillington and Rogate are the only Sussex villages on the road in this area and deserve anything which might lessen this significant antisocial nuisance.”
Committee chairman Michael Brown said new speed limits needed traffic regulation orders: “these are in short supply and there is a waiting list.” Villagers needed the backing of their county councillors and the parish council.
But parish councillor Robin Shapland said county councillor Janet Duncton was not supporting them: “I am sorry Janet, but your attitude over this has been appalling. It shouldn’t be down to your personal view, we as a parish want this pushed through.”
Janet Duncton said the request were not straight forward: “I have said on several occasions, parish councillors should present their proposals at the CLC meeting where they could get the procedure a highways officer.”
She said if the highways department thought it was a viable scheme she would give her support.
Parish councillors are now to meet the highways officer to discuss their plans.
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