THE CALL has gone out for drivers in the Bognor Regis area to join a fight to save a route to St Richard’s Hospital.
Oving Parish Council has launched a fresh attempt to save the Oving crossroad on the A27 Chichester bypass, which stands to be scrapped after planning permission was granted for 500 homes near the crossroad a year ago.
But now, campaign group LOLA (Leave Oving Lights Alone), founded by parish chairman Sjoerd Schuyleman, has submitted a planning application to Chichester District Council that would see the lights retained.
“I knew that anybody could apply for planning permission so I applied that principle,” said Cllr Schuyleman.
He has approached a number of parish councils in the Bognor area to gain support for the application, including Bersted Parish Council, Bognor Town Council, Aldingbourne Parish Council and many others.
“The principle objection from the Bognor area is a large number of people actually have to travel to St Richard’s Hospital,” he said.
“They have to use the Oving traffic lights to get to St Richard’s.”
Nearly 2,000 people signed a petition last year to keep the lights open, but they lost as the application was permitted.
However, the group hopes by getting more people from the Bognor area on board, it may be able to generate enough support for the application to see it permitted. Without the crossroads, more people would use the Bognor and Portfield roundabouts to travel into Chichester.
As well as submitting the application, the group has created a new petition, which is available at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/65425