Drivers use country road ‘like Brands Hatch’

Alison Benneyworth at Spear Hill, Ashington (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150112-090547008
Alison Benneyworth at Spear Hill, Ashington (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150112-090547008

Motorists are using a country road in Ashington ‘like Brands Hatch’, according to a resident who is campaigning for a reduced speed limit.

West Sussex County Council said the current speed limit of Spear Hill and Hooklands Lane, which link Ashington and Shipley, is 60mph.

But Alison Benneyworth, said the limit of the narrow, rural road with blind bends should be halved.

However, a spokesperson for the county council said the council is ‘not currently seeking to reduce the speed limit’.

Alison said: “People are using it as a cut through when the A24 is a bit jammed.

“Horse riders use this road and people with horse drawn vehicles use this road. Dogs walk down here and there are no pavements.

“We have started to have tipper lorries down here because they granted permission for a solar farm, and they are using it like Brands Hatch.”

Part of Spear Hill has a 6’6 height restriction.

The road then becomes the longer Hooklands Lane, and is about five miles long in total.

Alison added: “I have been on to the county council for months, since I moved here in June, but I keep getting fobbed off.

“Have they got to take a death for them to do anything? They are oblivious.”

A spokesperson for West Sussex County Council said: “The speed limit throughout Spear Hill (and Hooklands Lane) is 60mph, from its junction with Billingshurst Road.

“Signs have been checked and are appropriate for the speed limit. We are not currently seeking to reduce the speed limit in Spear Hill.

“Spear Hill is a narrow single lane carriageway with a number of bends so driver speed will already be low as drivers adopt an appropriate speed for the conditions as required of them.

“Checking accident data records for the past three years there have been no personal injury accidents in Spear Hill.

“Therefore the evidence suggests that drivers are anticipating hazards and adopting a reasonable speed of travel.”

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