Fears for children’s safety on Chichester’s Oving Terrace

C120986-1 Car Parking  phot kate''''''''Dee Parker, second from left back row with friends and residents from Oving Road, worried about the danger casued to pedestrians by cars that park and drive along the verg .C120986-1
C120986-1 Car Parking phot kate''''''''Dee Parker, second from left back row with friends and residents from Oving Road, worried about the danger casued to pedestrians by cars that park and drive along the verg .C120986-1

Dozens of residents have shown their distress over children’s safety and parking issues along Oving Terrace in Chichester by adding their names to a petition calling for action.

Started by Dee Parker, of Oving Terrace, the petition has 100 signatures and comments, urging the council to take action and make alterations to road signs to improve road safety.

The signatures were collected from parents at Portfield Community Primary School, some of whom live in the Chichester area and others who live as far as Bognor Regis.

Mrs Parker said: “The situation has become dire and several incidents have occurred where young children have been put at risk from cars driving and reversing along the grass verges and pavements which is incredibly dangerous.

“I had to pull my grandson from the path of a car reversing on the pavement narrowly avoiding a serious accident. I have grandchildren who visit me daily and I am concerned about their safety, and the parents with children going to and from school.”

A comment on the petition details a similar incident, where Mrs Barrett of Shopwhyke Road had to pull her daughter to safety along the same road. Other comments include: ‘really dangerous, needs sorting’; ‘it causes a real problem and blocks the view of the pavement’; ‘take action’; and ‘a family member was knocked down on 
that road’.

There are 18 houses in Oving Terrace, and nine have off-road parking in their front gardens, with access across a grass verge between the pavement and the road.

Andrew Smith, county councillor for Chichester, said: “Most of the cars parked in the road are half on the road, half on the grass verge, although there is the occasional car parked wholly on the grass verge.

“There does not appear to be anything unusually dangerous about the arrangement although, aesthetically, it would be preferable if there was no parking on the grass verge.

“I can only assume either particularly inattentive driving or children not aware of the dangers of cars entering or leaving the off-road parked area where they cross the pavement.”