Hurst council responds to reported high street ‘chaos’

Hurst High Street
Hurst High Street

Hurst’s parish council has responded to complaints that the high street has been left in ‘chaos’ following a £150,000 safety improvement scheme.

Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common Parish Council arranged for the five-week roadworks scheme to take place on Hurst High Street from the beginning of August.

Just a few days after the high street was reopened to traffic, the Middy received a complaint from a resident informing that the road was ‘chaos’ and less safe than before, with cars mounting pavements and even clipping a pedestrian.

A spokesperson for the parish council said: “Unfortunately, there are still a few drivers who choose to ignore the road signs and parking restrictions, but we are working with Mid Sussex District Council to increase the parking enforcement, to discourage that behaviour.

“It is normal after the introduction of a new scheme that traffic takes a while to adjust.

“Together with the Highway Authority West Sussex County Council we will be monitoring traffic behaviour over the coming weeks, and if shown that further adjustments are necessary, then they will be investigated.”

In his complaint to the Middy, resident Sonny Cutting said paths were unfinished and people with prams were having to walk in the road. He said: “No-one is giving way and the new signs are being completely ignored.”