Warning of risk of crashes on busy road

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SPEEDING traffic will lead to a serious accident in Pagham, the area’s police community support officer has warned.

PCSO Bill Prior said he was worried the traffic conditions along busy Pagham Road in the Nyetimber area would result in casualties.

“I was standing at the entrance to Mill Farm talking to someone the other day and the speed of some of those vehicles going through there was absolutely unbelievable,” he told Pagham Parish Council last week.

“That piece of road is a big problem. Sooner or later, there is going to be a really big wallop there.

“It is a disaster waiting to happen the way it is at the moment.

“The speed they go through there is absolutely amazing.

“People in Pagham tend to blame those going to Church Farm Holiday Village but it’s local people.”

The stretch of Pagham Road includes the entrance to the Tesco Express car park, the Inglenook Hotel, homes at Nyetimber Mill and the Mill Farm residential estate, as well as a pedestrian crossing.

PCSO Prior said the double yellow lines along Pagham Road, though recently installed, caused a chicane effect as motorists swerved between the cars parked on opposite sides, or even both sides.

“I know it took years and years to get those double yellow lies there but they might have to go,” he warned.

Ray Radmall, the parish council’s chairman, said a meeting had been staged that afternoon which brought together a range of people concerned about the matter with county highways officers.

“Signage, overhanging hedges, splays, visibility and traffic management on that bit of road were discussed. The double yellow lines were one of the issues taken on board,” he said.

One of the matters to be progressed was the chance of extending the privately-owned car park for Tesco and its three adjoining business premises to encourage more motorists to use it rather than park on the road.

After the meeting, Nyetimber county councillor Tony Sutcliffe said he was encouraged by it.

“It was a useful coalition of people to get together,” he said. “We came up with various initiatives to solve problems.

“We will certainly get some things done.”

As well as the shopping area, among the sites for potential action were pavements for workers at Barfoot of Botley’s Sefter Farm, with up 1,100 jobs, and improvements to the Scout site entrance on Sefter Road.

But the scope for improvements was lessened by the number of streams and ditches crossed by Pagham Road between Pagham and Runcton, he cautioned.

Drainage pipes which served the road were also a mish-mash of diameters from 6in to 2ft to make it hard to solve flooding problems.