Frustration at broken road-calming promise

Bracklesham residents who were promised the traffic calming measures 15 years ago.LA1500083-2 SUS-150414-125649008
Bracklesham residents who were promised the traffic calming measures 15 years ago.LA1500083-2 SUS-150414-125649008

RESIDENTS ‘terrified’ of the speed of traffic in their road have demanded to know why a promise to provide traffic-calming measures, has never been met.

Bracklesham and East Wittering Parish Council met last Thursday and heard that speeding traffic on Farm Road was still causing serious dangers and residents wanted to know why promised speed-calming measures still were not being put in place.

Bracklesham residents including Jackie Gayfer (left) and George Thomas (middle)  who were promised the traffic calming measures 15 years ago.LA1500083-1 SUS-150414-125728008

Bracklesham residents including Jackie Gayfer (left) and George Thomas (middle) who were promised the traffic calming measures 15 years ago.LA1500083-1 SUS-150414-125728008

Developer Wilson Connolly signed a 106 agreement with West 
Sussex County Council (WSCC) when it received permission to build 38 homes – now 51 homes – on the western end of Elcombe Close, now known as Mere Close, in 2002.

Resident Jackie Gayfer said: “I’m absolutely terrified. The lead gander got killed by a car several years ago, I’m terrified one day it will be an older person or a child.”

Councillors and residents believe the agreement was to provide £50,000 for traffic-calming measures and £50,000 for the bus service.

But a WSCC spokeswoman said as far as she was aware, there was never an official agreement for road-calming.

She said: “We never received money for traffic-calming measures. The Section 106 money received from the development was for the provision of ‘new or enhanced bus facilities’.”

George Thomas, who lives on the corner of Farm Road and Harmony Drive, has a copy of the original agreement and documents from the council and highways department, reassuring the traffic-calming measures would be put in place.

He sent these to WSCC twice last year last year and when he receive no response, he sent an official complaint.

“I’m so frustrated with it, it’s not true,” he said. “What really annoys me is that they don’t respond. They’re supposed to be looking after our interests. It’s awful.”

A traffic-calming scheme was planned in 2007 but was not approved because the emergency services objected to creating speed bumps across the width of the road.

The WSCC spokewoman said: “We are now looking into the matter again and will be gathering evidence to see what suitable proposals may be appropriate.”