Angmering residents say no to traffic scheme

Angmering action group against proposed traffic scheme. Organisers John Turner and his wife Pat far left and supporters. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-160523-201951008
Angmering action group against proposed traffic scheme. Organisers John Turner and his wife Pat far left and supporters. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-160523-201951008
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Campaigners in Angmering have said they are in ‘disbelief’ over plans for a new traffic calming scheme to extend the village’s 20mph driving zone.

Husband and wife John and Pat Turner are members of the Angmering Traders’ Association who are opposed to a number of speed cushions and raised tables that would stretch from Water Lane over to the 
A280 bypass leading on to the A27.

The proposal follows feedback from residents that say drivers use the village as a cut-through to avoid congested traffic on the A259.

But the group argues the scheme would deter people from visiting the village, as well as making it difficult for residents to move around the village in vehicles.

Mr Turner, 61, of Garden Close, who owns Angmering Framing and Stitches in The Square, said: “This is the first we have heard of the scheme. The council did put out a newsletter but this announcement was in a small box at the back. It was met with disbelief.

“Can you imagine having to come through the village with so many bumps? They are not necessary. 30mph is fine for this road.

“We have now put signs up outside local shops. So far we have had a good response.”

West Sussex County Council are working with Angmering Parish Council on the plan, which will be debated at a future county council meeting.

A public consultation on the plans did face opposition, with 33 complaints including claims that cushions on the road would be ‘ineffective’.

But the parish council claims it will create a ‘safer road in Angmering’, and has ‘ensured everyone has had their say’.

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