Petworth lorry row rumbles on

A lorry squeezing into the narrow street
A lorry squeezing into the narrow street

PETWORTH’S lorry row shows no sign of slowing down as the town has received yet another set back.

Lorries have caused havoc through the town for decades, and despite measures being taken to stop HGVs using the area as a through-route, residents say nothing has worked.

At a meeting of the town council, councillors and resident John Morgan of Angel Street discussed an email from the Highways team at West Sussex County Council (WSCC).

A long time campaigner of road safety, Mr Morgan said of the email: “What a depressing read.

“This letter is the biggest load of cobblers I have seen in a long time. You will get the support of Angel Street if you get people writing letters like this.

“If we can fine dog poopers we can fine these drivers.”

The Highways department assured the council it was looking into the problem but said there was ‘no simple solution’.

Cllr Chris Kemp said: “Regardless of the ongoing traffic problems in the town, the infrastructure is crumbling.

“Broken paving stones on footpaths are a hazard to the public and it is the responsibility of Highways.”

Dr Rosa Pawsey said lorries continued to get stuck down narrow roads: “A lorry was stuck the other day and I called the police but they never came.

“Midhurst had a similar problem and managed to get their town centre off the SatNav map.”

However, cllr Ken Lintill said drivers had to be ‘caught’ going into the town the wrong way and said lorries could not be banned from using Petworth completely as companies including Chandlers Building Supplies and W.L. Wests and Sons Ltd needed deliveries.

Councillors were told there was little scope to widen footpaths or traffic lanes due to the close proximity of properties to the road.

For the full story, see this week’s Midhurst and Petworth Observer (out March 27).