Road junction’s work is delayed

033225-1_Bog_Petition_LA''Councillor Tex Pemberton receives the petition from mp Nick Gibb and the Comet Corner campaigners.033225-1''Rich/Lou
033225-1_Bog_Petition_LA''Councillor Tex Pemberton receives the petition from mp Nick Gibb and the Comet Corner campaigners.033225-1''Rich/Lou

WORK to improve a busy road junction in Middleton is unlikely for at least two years.

The warning was given by the outgoing chairman of Middleton Parish Council.

Cllr Paul Wotherspoon told the council’s annual meeting he feared further delays in action at the site where Yapton Road and the A259 meet.

“I have commented regularly that the parish council’s primary objective is to get road junction improvements at Comet Corner as soon as possible,” he said.

“After a period of inaction, the clerk has held two joint meetings during the year with Yapton Parish Council and West Sussex highways.

“While there was broad agreement on the type of junction required, funding and the number of vehicle lanes are in the forefront of issues to be addressed.

“A traffic survey was undertaken on January 24 and the analysis of this data is awaited.

“It, therefore, remains likely that commencement of work will now be pushed back to 2015 or beyond.”

A community campaign to improve Comet Corner was launched ten years ago.

It followed the death on July 31, 2003, of Middleton resident Norman Robertson, 81, in a collision at the junction.

Some changes to the layout were made by highways officers but more alterations are sought by councillors and residents.

Cllr Wotherspoon also used his annual report to talk about the impact of the flooding which affected Middleton last June.

He described the event as ‘a shock to the whole community’.

“Hardly a household was unaffected, with parishioners struggling to go to work, or get home, as strategic roads in the parish became impassable.

“Many unlucky people also had their properties flooded and have suffered 
many months of turmoil while trying to repair their homes,” he said.

He stated the parish council had been active in helping those affected and working to ensure the emergency was not repeated.

This included pressing for immediate remedial action to prevent further road flooding and attending meetings chaired by MP Nick Gibb with other agencies to maintain pressure for a long-term solution.

Residents had also been advised to form pressure groups for their estates.