LETTER: Residents’ safety matters too

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I am writing concerning the quotes from residents of Balcombe Road and the adjacent roads because of the road closure of Penland Road.

I appreciate that these residents are having to go a long way round the diversion to get anywhere but I would like to comment as to why Penland Road has now been closed. Since the Balcombe Road closure, Penland Road has been very dangerous with all vehicles using it and there has been continual traffic from 6am until 9pm. On one day alone 17 juggernauts came down this road by 4pm. Many residents have contacted West Sussex Highways voicing their concerns as there would have been an accident.

It has been dangerous trying to to get out of drives and even crossing the road has been difficult! We also have no parking on the road from 9am to 10am and again from 1pm to 2pm.

With no other cars on the road slowing down drivers, we have had cars, lorries and heavy goods vehicles doing over 50 mph on this long sweeping road and some even faster than that at those times.

At the weekend some idiots removed the “road closed” barrier both on Saturday and Sunday, only for Penland Road residents to put it up again. Yes the school will close for the holidays but residents of Penland Road matter too.

The barrier is there for a reason and after over two and a half weeks of this nightmare we are all pleased that the road is closed.

Deborah Havell,

Penland Road, Haywards Heath

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