INNOVATIVE proposals to solve the growing traffic nightmare in Rogate have been given the green light for detailed designs and costings.
Seeking support for the ‘shared space’ proposals drawn up by traffic expert Ben Hamilton-Baillie, leader of RATA (Rogate Appeal for Traffic Action) Fiona Dix said the simple but ground-breaking proposals could be used to solve problems elsewhere in other communities divided by busy roads.
She told members of West Sussex County Council’s county local committee the scheme had been publicised at a public meeting, advertised at the village fete and displayed in the shop window.
It had wholehearted support in Rogate: “We had a public meeting to explain the proposals and residents came out of it saying they felt inspired by the study’s new approach to traffic management and calming.”
If implemented, Mrs Dix said it would improve road safety and the quality of village life and give it a greater ‘sense of cohesion’.
The road safety improvements linked with proposals in Rogate’s emerging Neighbourhood Plan and co-ordinated with the stated objectives of the South Downs National Park.
But Mrs Dix stressed: “We would very much like the proposal to be regarded as an entire project – significant economies of scale will be achieved by running it all at the same time rather than splitting it into several phases.”
Petworth county councillor Janet Duncton congratulated Rogate on ‘taking the bull by the horns – and I think with tweaking it will work’.
Chairman Michael Brown said the scheme was not intended to be unqiue to Rogate.
The committee had granted the village £10,000 towards the study, partly because it intended it to be a role model for other communities.
RATA will now work with county council highways officers to produce designs and work out costs
It is hoped to implement the scheme in 2016-2017.