Rumbolds Hill at Midhurst to be resurfaced

WEST Sussex County Council has pledged to carry out ‘urgent’ resurfacing work on the roundabout in Midhurst at the bottom of Petersfield Road and along Rumbolds Hill.

There were calls for action at the start of the year after the road surface on the main road through Midhurst was described as a ‘death trap’ and a danger to cyclists, motorists and pedestrians.

The town’s Chichester district councillor, Gordon McAra, wrote to the county council’s highways officers telling them the surface had failed and was now in a very poor condition.

He said heavy rain had also left enormous pools of water in some parts, and pedestrians were being soaked by passing motorists.

“There are now deep ruts and potholes in the road,” he told the Observer. “They are growing by each day. This has strewn stones over a large area including the pavements and the situation is now becoming dangerous.”

He said patching up the road would not work and only delay fixing the problem.

A WSCC spokesman told the Observer: “We are aware of the Rumbolds Hill situation which we had a scheme planned for next year. However, because of its condition following the very wet weather, we are shortly to start patching works in this area on the A272 Peterfields Road at the end of this month.

“We have asked the contractor to include Rumbolds Hill, as urgent works in his programme of works from the January 31 for two nights’ resurfacing.”