‘Chaos’ in Hurst High Street after £150,000 safety improvements works

Hurst High Street
Hurst High Street

Just a few days after Hurst High Street reopened to traffic after works aimed to improve safety for pedestrians, the street is in ‘chaos’, it has been claimed.

Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common Parish Council undertook a £150,000 scheme which closed the high street throughout August.

Resident Sonny Cutting said: “The high street in Hurstpierpoint is in chaos!

“Every person I have spoken to so far in Hurst has said that it is an absolute nightmare for cars, vans, buses and of course the poor pedestrians.

“Traffic calming measures have been put in place with high level consultation being paid for to bring about a better process of events for the high street which is struggling to cope with all the traffic.

“The paths are unfinished and people with buggies and prams are having to go into the road to get around obstacles.

“Cars are mounting the new kerbs to get by as no-one is giving way and the new signs are being completely ignored.

“If the council is trying to drive everyone out of the village by wrecking the high street, they’re doing a fantastic job.

“Five to six years ago a plan was put forward to put lights at either end of the high street with trigger cameras to fine people who jumped the lights, this would of worked a lot better than the current mockery.

“Whilst walking to a café in the High Street earlier today, a car clipped by arm with his wing mirror and just drove off.”

The scheme of roadworks were carried out over the summer to create parking restrictions and traffic calming measures in a bid to improve pedestrian safety.

The scheme was funded by a developer’s community contribution grant.