LETTER: Nightmare on the High Street

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Hurstpierpoint village is now very close to having a nightmare plan imposed which most people either do not understand or have never heard about.

The High Street is due to be closed for the month of August in order to widen the pavements. What people have NOT appreciated is that the road is to become a single track road where you have to judge whether it is clear to proceed. Because the road is higher in the middle, motorists will be unable to see oncoming traffic from the opposite direction. I understand there will be pinch points put in to let oncoming traffic pass by. However, this clearly will not work if there is a line of traffic coming behind you and a line of traffic coming the other way, creating a complete log jam of vehicles.

There is always a line of cars parked illegally in the High Street. No-one takes any notice of lines on the road, and this is caused by insufficient parking in the village which the Parish Council have not addressed so far. Many people come from outlying areas to use the village and cannot find anywhere to park. If this illegal parking was stopped the road would run like any other two way through road.

There are many people who need to get to Hassocks Station or to the A23, and while this nonsense is going on with the road closed for a month, will be trying to find much longer ways round to get to where they need to go.

This reconstruction work is going to cost a huge amount of money, OUR MONEY, and will seriously affect the shop traders in the village who are mostly small local businesses who all receive deliveries throughout the day. I understand delivery lorries will be restricted to an area for a specified time of day only. This is not going to work. Once the shops are affected and start to close, the village, as we know it, will slowly die.

Angela Wade (Mrs)

Langton Lane, Hurstpierpoint

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