THE long-awaited reduction in the speed limit through West Dean is already proving effective, campaigners have said.
The new 30mph signs were put in place at the end of last week ahead of the new speed limit on the A286 being made official on Tuesday, November 15.
The school and parish council have battled for a number of years to reduce the limit from 40mph, and believe they are already seeing the benefits since the new signs were put up.
West Dean parish councillor Steve Corbett said: “We are obviously very happy that this has finally come to pass.
“The initial reaction appears to be the signs have made a difference.
“A lot of people have said that won’t last because it’s a novelty that people are slowing down, so we will wait and see about that.
“Undoubtedly it has made a difference in the past week or so.”
He added: “Without wishing to sound ungrateful, there is more to be done around the village and school.
“If anyone who is in charge of traffic planning cares to come down to West Dean at 8.15 in the morning to watch the children running across the road for their lives, that’s what this is about.
“The 30mph limit has been a help, but it’s by no means enough on its own.”
Headteacher at West Dean Primary School Gill Moss was delighted the campaigning had paid off.
“We are particularly proud of the children and the community of the school have worked so hard to achieve this,” she said.
“We have had a lot of support from people within West Sussex County Council and from the local press, which has helped us along the way.
“We firmly believe this will help to warn motorists that pedestrians including school children, horses, farm vehicles and cyclists are crossing the road at our busy junction.
“The residents and visitors to the village, St. Andrew’s Church, West Dean College and West Dean Gardens will already be noticing the vast majority of drivers are more aware and we hope we will all be much safer in the future.”