Promised traffic calming scheme in Farm Road may not take place

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

TRAFFIC-calming measures planned for Farm Road, Bracklesham, will not 
be carried out under a Section 106 agreement, 
a county council spokesman has said.

Last week the Chichester Observer reported that developer Wilson Connolly never carried out its promised traffic calming measures despite this being included in its Section 106 agreement when it was given permission to build 
its development in Mere Close, in 2002.

This week, a county council spokesman said the obligation upon the developer was to submit and implement a scheme of traffic-calming, not provide a financial contribution.

He said: “The legal obligation remains enforceable, although the agreement required the traffic-calming to be completed by the occupation of the 30th dwelling.

“This has long since passed though, and the site has been completed for a number of years. In addition, the developer’s company no longer exists as it has been merged with another.

“Due to the length of time, the merits of the scheme previously submitted are being investigated. This is to ensure that this 
still complies with current best practice and resolves known existing issues.

“If the scheme is taken forward, there would need to be another round of public consultation.

“It’s quite feasible that objections will be raised – as there were previously –which would indicate little local support.

“Given the time that has elapsed since the obligation was sought, the development completed, as well as general changes in approaches to traffic-calming since, it is questionable if the scheme previously submitted is now fit for purpose or addresses any actual problem.”