LETTER: Not perfect but an improvement

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We write in in response to Angela Wade’s letter (23 July 2015) expressing her worries about the forthcoming work in Hurstpierpoint High Street.

We live in the High Street, 0ur front door opens onto the pavement next to the existing pinch point at the east end of the High Street. This arrangement slows traffic and gives priority to vehicles leaving the High Street in the Hassocks direction. It works pretty well given the volume of traffic flow through the village.

The parish council has consulted widely to come up with the extended traffic calming scheme which will improve pedestrian safety by widening pavements, installing another pinch point and reducing traffic speed at the west end of the street. Since there is little parking in the High Street, it shouldn’t affect our marvellous traders and restaurants as people already park in the car parks and walk through to the High Street.

As the parish council newsletter points out, no solution is perfect, given that the road was built for horses and not for motor vehicles, but this arrangement will be an improvement. The shops, restaurants and businesses most affected deserve our support during what will undoubtedly be inconvenient for their deliveries but it’s only for 4 weeks.

And we look forward to sitting outside our house in the middle of the road, during August, and chatting to passers-by!

Kevin and Margaret Carey

High Street, Hurstpierpoint

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