Anger at Billingshurst temporary traffic lights

JPCT 140512 Eddie Jakobi left and Darren Hyde complaining about temporary traffic lights in Station Road, Billingshurst. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 140512 Eddie Jakobi left and Darren Hyde complaining about temporary traffic lights in Station Road, Billingshurst. Photo by Derek Martin
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A Billingshurst business owner has expressed his frustration at temporary traffic lights that he says is choking off village business.

The lights were installed on Station Road last week as West Sussex County Council worked on a pelican crossing, but for the past three days work has ground to a halt as workers do jobs elsewhere.

Mick Castleden, owner of Castleden Recovery, a vehicle recovery company in the Eagle Industrial Estate off Brooker’s Road, is frustrated that, with no work being done, the traffic lights are still causing traffic chaos.

He said having the lights there was totally unnecessary and an example of gross incompetence by WSCC.

The county council’s website says that the temporary traffic lights would be in place from May 15 to June 14, yet Mr Castleden was told they would be in place until June 20.

He even offered to pick up the cones himself as he said it would take him two minutes to clear it up and turn the traffic lights around.

“They can’t be bothered but we need to get on with our business,” he added.

“It’s one of those cases where they want to take our business rates but they do not want to help us.”

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West Sussex County Council has been asked to comment.

The cones and traffic lights have since been removed late on Thursday.