NEIGHBOURS living near a crash blackspot fear fatal accidents if hundreds of homes are built on nearby fields.
Balcombe Road, Haywards Heath, has been the scene of many accidents over the years, and on Monday, as this picture graphically shows, another one ended with a car on its roof, though the driver survived.
Just up the road 325 homes have been suggested at Penland Farm and about 175 at Sugworth Farm, potentially adding hundreds of extra cars on the hazardous road.
Ann Williams, who lives in the area, told the Middy: “We have had at least five similar incidents this year where cars have overturned on this stretch of road. Luckily, there have been no fatalities or serious injuries resulting from these incidents.
“If the planning application for the Penland Farm development, once submitted is approved, residents on the Balcombe Road fear that this situation will worsen and it will only be a matter of time before a fatality occurs given that the development will significantly increase the traffic on this stretch of road.”
A new pedestrian crossing is proposed across the road and residents have been consulted.
West Sussex County Council, with the support of local Town Councillors, recently held a consultation meeting with residents on the traffic calming proposals for the Balcombe Road which are planned to be implemented in 2014.
Ann said: “Residents are very grateful for the excellent support received from the Town Councillors - Natalie March, Jonathan Ash-Edwards and the Mayor, Sandy Ellis - and are hopeful that the traffic calming measures proposed will make motorists more aware of their speed on this residential road.
“As a resident who walks to and from the train station and is expecting a baby any day now, I am very concerned for my family’s safety and welfare when walking the Balcombe Road as are other residents.”