Act now to avert further tragedies

The following letter has been sent to the Community Development and Big Society manager at West Sussex County Council, County Hall, Chichester. It has also been copied to Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert; county councillor Pat Arculus; and district councillor Roger Paterson.

On Thursday August 16, one of our friends and neighbours here at Riverside Court died in a tragic accident just down the road at Swan Corner, Pulborough. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and family, and also with the lorry driver.

We would like to take this opportunity to suggest that some form of traffic/pedestrian control should be installed both at this very dangerous crossing and also at Station Approach.

Many Pulborough residents are older people and perhaps not as mobile or as nimble as they would like to be, including some of us here at Riverside Court.

If you know the area, you will appreciate that, in order to get anywhere from our development – whether it be to the station, the village, the bank or the Corn Store – we have to cross busy roads.

Traffic rarely slows down at the mini roundabouts at the junction with the A29 or coming in from Petworth near the railway bridge. Although lorry drivers are generally very kind, it seems to be car drivers who are always in a hurry and who are the most inconsiderate of other road users.

And then there are the two parking bays between the two mini roundabouts, just outside the former offices of Henry Adams, Estate Agents, and the bollards on the pavement alongside. There’s barely room to push a pram through. A double buggy certainly wouldn’t make it, and anyone in a mobility scooter has to take their lives into their hands and come out into the road to pass the obstruction.

Who in their right mind would give permission for parking bays and bollards at that spot?

This isn’t a situation that has arisen recently. It has always been the case. In the past we have tried to get local councillors to take an interest in providing a zebra crossing from the south to the north side of Station Road near Station Approach.

Beyond an offer to come and speak with us – which didn’t materialise – no-one has shown the slightest concern.

And now someone has died.

Why does it have to get this far before ‘the powers that be’ deign to take an interest – if, in fact, they do?

How many more lives have to be wasted? How many more families have to be devastated by grief before something is done?

Please act now to prevent this happening again.

P. COLLEY, E. WARNER, SHEILA E. HIGGINS, MARY JOHNSON, DAVID DIXON, LESLEY HOLMAN, G. BLACKLEY, K. J. DERRICK, MAVIS REEVE, PAUL MARCHANT, DAPHNE WHITE, ELAINE CRESSLEY, L.B. MYER, P.H. BURCELL, P. PARSONS, D. RATCLIFFE, M.G. TOMLINSON, FELICITY COMBE, A. BENDALL

Residents of Riverside Court, Station Road, Pulborough