Last chance to back safety call

SUPPORTERS of a campaign to make a major Bognor Regis road safer have a week to sign a petition.

The closing date for backers to join the initiative to create a 20mph zone along Aldwick Road has been set for November 8.

C131478-1 Bog Oct31 Petition  phot kate'Lou Partridge,creative arts instructor at the Aldingbourne Centre, with local residents Susan Harris, left, and Jean Stone, centre, with their road safety petition.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131478-1

C131478-1 Bog Oct31 Petition phot kate'Lou Partridge,creative arts instructor at the Aldingbourne Centre, with local residents Susan Harris, left, and Jean Stone, centre, with their road safety petition.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131478-1

The petition for the scheme will then be presented to the town’s MP, Nick Gibb, next month to be forwarded to highways officials at the county council for possible action.

Several hundred people are so far believed to have signed the petition but the final number will not be known until the forms are collected after next week.

The petition is available at the Victoria Park Post Office, Hydrotech Cleaners, the Aldingbourne Trust creative arts studio and the L’Arche workshops along Aldwick Road as well as the trust’s Aldingbourne Country Centre off the A27.

Lou Partridge, a creative arts instructor at the studio, said: “The petition is going OK.

“I’m sure we’ve got a few hundred names on it.

“But we want everyone to come out and show their support for the community to make this road safer.

“This should be a safe and happy hub for the community but it is dominated by traffic.

“We want it to be dominated by those on bikes and on foot and for the focus to be on the shops along here not on the vehicles.”

The petition was launched two months ago.

“As well as the 20mph limit, its aims are to get the current pedestrian crossing replaced by a button-controlled pelican crossing to make it obvious when drivers have to stop and for ‘Slow Down’ signs to be installed along the road.

“All of us have had times when we have almost been run over when we have been using the crossing because the traffic doesn’t stop.

“It’s either been going too fast or the road is blocked and the drivers can’t see you.

“Local business owners and residents are worried there is going to be a serious accident soon.

The traffic along the road at the moment is really fast,” said Lou.

“There is a lot of parking either side, with vehicles unloading, and a lot of it is illegal parking.”

Susan Harris, who attends the studio twice a week and lives nearby, said: “Aldwick Road is too dangerous.

“One day, I almost got knocked over because the driver was going too fast so I was stranded in the middle of the crossing.

“I want the road to be safer.”

Town councillor Eileen Anderson played a large part in starting the campaign and is expected to be at the handover of the petition at the studio next month.