Council gives unanimous backing to keep traffic lights at busy junction

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UNANIMOUS backing has been given by Bognor Regis councillors to keep open a road junction which many residents use.

The decision at the meeting showed the town council’s support for Oving Parish Council’s bid to keep the lights.

The council’s decision came the same week the planning application from Oving was published on Chichester District Council’s website, allowing people to comment on the plan.

The crossroads are due to be removed as part of the work on the 500-home Shopwyke Lakes site.

Oving chairman Sjoerd Schuyleman said: “What I’d like to happen now is that people do comment on the application that’s on the website and that people do sign up to the e-petition if they’ve not already done so.”

Bognor councillor Jim Brooks (I, Marine) said: “This is important to Bognor. A lot of us go through that junction when we go west.

“I can’t imagine what will happen if it closes. There will be even more chaos on the Bognor bridge.”

Cllr Roger Nash (L, Pevensey) said the real problem was the condition of the A27.

“If those traffic lights close, there will be even more congestion on that section of the A27 going over Bognor bridge,” he said.

“Those lights have to remain, as imperfect as they are, unless and until the county council and the government get the money together to give us a proper A27 to sort out all the problems.”

The application can be found by visiting 
www.chichester.gov.uk and searching application O/14/01777/OUT.