Daytime delivery ban plan for town centre’s precinct

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DAYTIME deliveries are set to be banned from a 
shopping precinct.

West Sussex County Council is proposing to introduce the 9am-5pm all-week bar on lorries unloading along the pedestrianised section of London Road in Bognor Regis.

Waiting will also be prohibited in the proposed zone between the precinct’s junctions with High Street and Bedford Street.

All vehicles will be banned from the zone between those times. The restrictions are among six traffic regulation orders the council wants to bring in. Comments about them have to be made by February 19. They follow the £600,000-plus improvements along the precinct last year.

The proposals have been welcomed by Bognor Regis Traders’ Association chairman Chris Heaps. He said: “This is all part of a long-term strategy for the town centre. The traders are largely in agreement the changes are a positive move.

“They will allow the town centre manager, Toyubur Rahman, to stage some of the events that might otherwise have been difficult to put on.”

The precinct is subject to a temporary traffic ban with a small sign, but the permanent sign still shows disabled drivers and deliveries are permitted before 11am and after 4.30pm.

The delay in sorting out the situation had caused confusion, said London Road business owner Mr Heaps.

“We are getting some dangers along the precinct at the moment. The traders hope to have the situation resolved soon,” he said.

“That will make it a safer environment for shoppers which should encourage more people into the town centre.”

The main section of London Road was created as a precinct from 11am to 4.30pm in 1987, but has no waiting restrictions.

County council head of law, assurance and strategy Tony Kershaw said in a statement this meant blue badge disabled drivers could lawfully park there for much of the day.

Banning all vehicles from 9am-5pm was the answer. He said: “This will improve the safety for all pedestrians in the precinct and improve the general amenity of the road.”

His three other proposed changes include banning deliveries on the double yellow lines on Bedford Street near its junction with London Road and putting all the traffic restrictions on roads adjoining High Street in one order.

He also wants to formalise the taxi rank just north of the precinct. Trevor Bence, who chairs Arun District Council’s Bognor regeneration sub-committee, said: “We urge both traders’ delivery vehicles and other people driving in the precinct to stop doing this.”

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