Councillors brand lights removal ‘complete lunacy’

STRONG backing has been given by councillors in Bersted to a campaign to keep a set of traffic lights.

Bersted Parish Council’s members said they were committed to backing the fight by their counterparts in Oving for the lights to remain.

The matter has been referred to a committee of the council to make a formal decision.

Parish council chairman Brian Knight said he hoped a formal letter of support about the campaign could be sent. He also called on all councillors to write individual letters of support.

“It does seem obvious this will affect all of us,” he said. He warned taking away the lights would create a rat run through a new housing estate which is planned to be built nearby.

Cllr John Potter, chairman of Bersted’s planning, amenities and environment committee, said: “The whole thing is complete lunacy. The more I think about this, the loonier it becomes.

“When we get our new road, which has been three years under construction, to speed up the traffic from Littlehampton to Chichester, all that is going to happen is that the dual carriageway from the Bognor bridge roundabout to Drayton will be solid every morning and afternoon.”

A lot of motorists from the Bognor Regis area use the Oving lights because they allow traffic to get on to the A27, he said.

The comments came after Oving Parish Council chairman Sjoerd Schuyleman spoke to the council about its battle over the lights.

He said the parish council had submitted a planning application to take away the condition to remove the lights 
which was part of a permission to build 500 homes at Shopwyke Lakes.