PROTESTERS have claimed customers using a convenience store planned for Aldwick would be ‘taking their lives into their own hands’ when crossing a busy road.
The concerns have been raised as Morrisons continues its transformation of the former Ship Inn, on Aldwick Street, into an M Local.
On Wednesday Arun District Council’s development and control committee is due to discuss some of the changes proposed.
Under planning law Morrisons do not need permission for the change of use from a pub to shop.
The Friends of the Ship Inn said the supermarket has failed to provide a safe crossing point in its plans for mums, children, buggies, the elderly and the disabled.
Roger Beam, chairman of the Friends of the Ship, said: “This is a death trap. It really is an accident waiting to happen.
“Morrisons have done nothing to solve the problem of pedestrian customers accessing their store safely.
“People will be taking their lives into their hands if this goes ahead.
“Arun must suspend a decision on Morrisons’ planning permission until they come up with a solution.
“If Arun passes the application they will be deliberately condoning a highly dangerous situation caused directly by Morrisons’ plans.”
Mr Beam highlighted an assessment by West Sussex County Council’s highways which said there was concern with the informal crossing point and recommended Morrisons be told to undertake a road safety audit.
However, it is pointed out in the planning documents that the crossing point is outside of the site and does not form part of the application.
Tactile paving for the area has been proposed.
The Friends say the north side of Aldwick Street, where the Ship Inn is located, is so narrow that it has no footway and pedestrian customers can only reach it by crossing from the pavement on the south side.
The Friends also say twice daily deliveries by Morrisons’ lorries will create a safety hazard, as well as congestion.
Mr Beam said: “At the very least, restrictions should be placed on their operations.
“But Arun are being told by their planning officer that this would be impossible.”
The committee will meet on October 22, at 2.30pm, in Littlehampton Town Council’s Millennium Chamber, Church Street, Littlehampton.