Disabled parking spaces set to be marked out in Midhurst

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MIDHURST town councillors are pressing developers Affinity Sutton to give a timescale on when disabled parking spaces will be provided at the controversial St Margaret’s housing development in Petersfield Road.

There was controversy earlier this year when two residents 
who had moved into affordable housing on the new site were told there was no disabled parking space for them.

They claimed they had been told there was parking available for them before they moved in and were bitterly disappointed to be told not only was there no disabled parking, but there were no spaces at all allocated for their homes.

They claimed disabled parking spaces were marked on the plans which were given approval by the South Downs National Park Authority.

Now Affinity Sutton has told town councillors three disabled spaces are to be marked out at the development.

Chairman of the council’s planning committee Gordon McAra said he had visited the site this week and been unable to find the spaces. Now councillors are writing to Affinity Sutton asking when they will appear.

In the meantime, McCarthy and Stone construction director Rob Loveday has moved to distance the company’s Turner House development for retired people, from the neighbouring controversial site. “Our Turner House development is not in any way connected to the Montagues new-build housing development, which is being delivered by Affinity Sutton.

“We are currently delivering 32 high-quality retirement living apartments and have built a secure car park with 23 allocated parking spaces for the new properties. These spaces are available for our homeowners to secure should they have a car.”

He added: “We are committed to providing high-quality, attractive and safe communities and are working hard to ensure that issues affecting residents surrounding the Montagues development do not impact on our prospective purchasers at Turner House.”

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