Road junction petition is to close before handover

C131349-4 Bog Oct3 Sign  phot kate''Tony Giacopazzi with his petition to change what he feels is a very dangerous road lay out at the Oystercatcher junction in Climping.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131349-4
C131349-4 Bog Oct3 Sign phot kate''Tony Giacopazzi with his petition to change what he feels is a very dangerous road lay out at the Oystercatcher junction in Climping.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131349-4

A PETITION which calls for changes at a junction where a Bognor Regis man died is to be closed.

Tony Giacopazzi is ending the petition on Friday (October 18) ready for it to be presented to West Sussex County Council.

He said well over 5,000 people had backed the campaign for changes to the junction of the A259 and Yapton Road.

“The petition’s gone well,” said Middleton resident Mr Giacopazzi. “I’ve had some really good feedback from a couple of shops who have had copies.

“It’s now a case of counting up all the names to get the final total before I arrange to present it to the county council. Let’s hope it brings change to the junction.”

Chief among the petition’s demands is for a ban on right-hand turns at 
the junction.

Pieter Montyn, the county councillor in charge of highways, has said he is willing to consider all suggestions to improve roads. But he has warned changes to one area must not adversely affect conditions elsewhere.

The council has already acted by cutting back the bushes which were restricting a speed warning sign just before the junction from working effectively, as well as bushes which had overgrown some nearby road signs.

Mr Giacopazzi began the petition with other relatives after his cousin, Robert Giacopazzi, died when the motorbike he was riding was in a collision with a car at the junction on August 25.

The female driver of the car involved, a red Corsa, has been bailed until October 26 after she was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Climping Parish Council is also keen for action at the junction and has called for a joint campaign.

Robert Giacopazzi was landlord at The Prince of Wales pub on Highfield Road, which was packed for his funeral last month.

The petition in his memory can be signed at: Ye Olde Fish and Chippe Shoppe, Middleton; QE2 pub, The Steyne, Bognor; Richmond Arms, London Road, Bognor; Barnham Flowers, Barnham Road, Barnham; The Works hair salon, High Street, Bognor; 4Sight, The Arcade, Bognor; and Medusa, The Arcade, Bognor.

It is also available online at the In Honour Rob Giacopazzi page on Facebook.