Dismay over ‘years of problems’ in Midhurst residential road

  • June Lane residents have been waiting for double yellow lines for four years
  • They say traffic and parking is an increasing nightmare
  • Now the safety of a wall which could be falling into the road has been flagged up

INCREASED traffic and new housing development has led to the deterioration of a Midhurst residential road town councillors have been told.

And home owner Keith Drummond said the plight of residents was being ignored.

The latest concern, he said was the ‘appalling’ condition of a wall in front of four new houses, which he feared could be unsafe. “But it’s not just the wall, it’s the general deterioration of June Lane.

“I have been there eight years and after four years we are still waiting for double yellow lines and with the increase of traffic I can’t pull out of my drive because the view is blocked by parked cars.”

He said new retail units at the bottom of the lane had added to parking pressure pushing the problem further up the road: “We have four new houses and possibly eight more with all the increased traffic that will bring, the wall is falling down and nobody is interested. There is a general deterioration of June Lane. It is a real shame because it is suffering terribly.”

Residents asked, four years ago, for an extension of double yellow lines across the front of three homes to allow safe access, but they are still waiting.

“This road is used as a rat-run and we are also concerned about speed. They come flying down the lane and with cars parked on either side of our drives it makes it very dangerous.

“We have been waiting so long for yellow lines, it’s very frustrating,” said Mr Drummond.

He has appealed to town councillors over the state of the wall, asking whose responsibility it was to maintain it.

“I was disappointed with their reaction,” he said after the meeting. “I would have thought they would be more interested.”

County councillor Gordon McAra said the wall was owned by Affinity Sutton who were building the new homes: “If there is a problem with safety, highways officers have the authority to order them to do something and I will get them to look at it.”

An Affinity Sutton spokesman said: ““We can confirm we do own the wall and will be responsible for maintaining it. We are currently waiting for advice from structural engineers.”

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