LETTER: Village danger

WE NOTE the front page articles and other material in the two recent editions of the Chichester Observer, concerning the deplorable condition of the A27 between Havant and Chichester.

The July 9 edition also carried a report of the fatal accident which sadly took place on the edge of Funtington village early on Monday, July 5.

We would like to bring to your attention and to the attention of your readers the traffic problem which faces us in Funtington.

More than 8,000 vehicles pass through our small village each day, including an increasing number of lorries and other heavy vehicles.

The volume and speed of traffic through the village

pose considerable danger to

old and young alike.

The road is narrow with limited pavement on the south side only, which peters out opposite the village pub. Funtington Larder Shop is scarcely viable, largely because residents, particularly older people, are frightened to cross the road to reach it.

One young family, living north of the road, is very worried about whether they can safely walk their small children to school in West Ashling – we should be encouraging parents and children to walk to school rather than travel by car!

We have known for years that the road through Funtington is widely used as a way of avoiding the A27 between Havant and Chichester and the crowded Fishbourne roundabout.

The present condition of this stretch of the A27 further threatens public safety in Funtington.

A few months ago we set up FRAG, (Funtington Road Action Group), in an urgent attempt to find effective ways of reducing and calming the traffic flow, before a serious accident or even a fatality takes place in our peaceful village.

Lou Scott-Joynt, Julia Tassell, Sheena King

Funtington Road, Action Group