'˜Do-it-yourself' Petworth lorry survey could use CCTV cameras

Petworth town councillors are hoping to use footage from closed circuit television cameras in Market Square as ammunition in their fight for new measures to stop lorries using the town centre.

Monday, 20th March 2017, 2:56 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:59 am

West Sussex County Council highways officers have agreed to take action if the town council can produce evidence the lorry nightmare is increasing and signage already in place is not effective. But town councillors received a knock back with an estimate from specialists for a month long survey which would have cost £137,000. It was a costly £7,400 for just a 24 hour survey tracking HGV’s between all possible routes in both directions.

Town councillors have now decided to organise a ‘do-it-yourself’ survey producing evidence that of a worsening lorry situation in a way acceptable to highways engineers.

Chairman Chris Kemp told a full council meeting: “We pay Chichester District Council £5000 a year for CCTV and we have a camera in the square.

“If we are allowed use of it, at least we can count the number of lorries going through the square”

He added: “The fact we are considering a survey has concentrated the minds of highways engineers and one way or another we will get them to look a the signage again.”

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