Villagers voice concerns at plans for pedestrianisation

artisit impression of new store
artisit impression of new store

PIONEERING plans to give Storrington a state of the art supermarket are continuing to provoke concerns over the possible closure of Old Mill Drive in Storrington.

Waitrose wants to almost treble the size of its store and the developers are looking at pedestrianising the lower end of Old Mill Drive which leads into the High Street as part of the scheme.

The supermarket - part of the John Lewis Partnership - has not yet submitted a formal planning application. It wants to first comprehensively consult with local people so it can develop a plan which will meet as many local aspirations as possible.

But the Old Mill Drive aspect of the project is still provoking widespread concern.

Some of those living in the village are worried that the proposed scheme will mean surrounding roads will become more congested as people look for alternative routes. One resident said: “Storrington could be gridlocked if this road was blocked off.”

Storrington currently has trouble with traffic with up to 17,000 cars passing through it every day as motorists use it as a rat run between the A27 and A29.

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