Change of wording for ‘retention’ of controversial Felpham access

Plans before Arun to replace bollards with three chicanes where ‘unsightly’ yellow gates caused upset for Felpham residents have been reworded.

Friday, 20th August 2021, 11:01 am

Barratt David Wilson Homes submitted an application to replace the bollards next to an emergency access gate on land north of Felpham.

This followed a previous application to replace a bus gate with an emergency access.

Now the wording has been changed to retain the guardrail (chicane) at the site which has replaced the bollards.

The developer wants to retain the chicane at Felpham

The developer has also applied for the retention of the 1.2m high post and rail fencing next to the emergency gate.

The application said the new arrangement would allow pedestrian access whilst preventing through traffic by motorbike and requiring cyclists to dismount.

Access for emergency services would remain through access gates with coded locks and the application stated the emergency services said this would be preferable to multiple locked bollards.

But residents submitted objections to the plans saying the ‘unsightly gates’ rattle and keep them awake at night and on two occasions emergency services had not been able to gain access.

They said an ambulance had to walk through with a trolley to deal with a patient and the fire service had been delayed reaching a house fire.

Others support the application, however, with one resident saying it was now safer for her and her husband, both with disabilities, getting to the shop.

“Since the chicanes have been installed our road has been much quieter and safer,” she said. “No motorcycles speeding through day and night.”

Residents previously called for the ugly barriers to be removed from Woodhill Way.

Relating to this application, one resident was unable to believe there was another application. “No-one at Arun District Council has listened to the objections of residents nor is ADC bothered that lives have been put at risk through the emergency vehicles unable to gain access,” they said.

To view the application go to the Arun District Council planning portal and use the reference FP/170/21/PL.

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