West Sussex County Council - Highways, Transport and Planning update - February 2021
Welcome to our first Newsletter of 2021!
This month, we're launching a Highways Transport and Planning newsletter- just for residents. It would be great if you could spread the word so everyone gets the opportunity to sign up.
Remember, keep up to date with Highways happenings via our Twitter feed.
£64,000 of improvements for pedestrians
Nine improvement schemes, with pedestrians, schoolchildren and people with disabilities in mind, have been completed in:
Annandale Avenue and The Esplanade, Bognor Regis; Gossops Green, Crawley; Charlwoods Road and Maypole Road, East Grinstead; The Street, East Preston; Burrell Road, Haywards Heath; West Way, Littlehampton; and Ennerdale Drive, Sompting.
The dropped crossing point projects, many with tactile paving for the visually impaired, have been built totalling approximately £64,000.
The improvement scheme approaching Gossops Green Primary School included bollard installation to protect the footway and pedestrians from inconsiderate and potentially dangerous parking.
The school’s Deputy Principal, Mark Warwick, said: “Gossops Green Primary school are delighted with the safety measures put in place over the summer by the council. Our children are now much safer coming to school and parents with pushchairs are able to cross the road much more easily due to the dropped kerbs.”
This programme of works is part of the £19million worth of improvements taking place on West Sussex’s roads and footways between September 2020 and March 2021.
Roads and Potholes – tell us what you think!
Keep up to date with the latest news and updates on West Sussex roads – and help us pinpoint potholes by using an improved online pothole reporting form.
Repair and improvement work has continued throughout the lockdowns - more than 20,500 potholes were repaired by West Sussex Highways in 2020 – that’s the equivalent of about 390 a week and compares to 16,000 pothole repairs in 2019.
We’d like your feedback on the online pothole reporting form trial which aims to make it easier for residents to use. Click on the ‘feedback’ link at the top of the website page.
Tarring rainwater gardens in action
Tarring Flood Action Group has been working on an area of open space near Thomas a Becket (TAB) Junior School, to make an even more attractive environment for local residents to share and enjoy.
The rainwater garden project is ongoing, aiming to mitigate the effects of surface water in the area. Tarring Flood Action Group welcome input and volunteers to help maintain this space.
In addition to the rainwater garden, three raised beds have been installed on the green space, specifically designed to absorb excess water. With large soakaways, surface water can be absorbed and then used by plants to prevent potential flooding. Local residents, including children, will be involved in the project.
Tarring Flood Action Group has planted over 150 bulbs and looks forward to seeing the results in the next few months.
WSCC's Operation Watershed has funded and supported this project throughout, with additional assistance from TAB School, Worthing Borough Council and many other parties. Residents have already said, "It looks good and feels like a proper village again”.
Join our live pollinator event this February
'Who Loves a Pollinator? 2021', is an extended webinar event with live music and a Q&A session, hosted by WSCC.
The decline in pollinators throughout the UK means we all must work together to save an important part of our ecosystem.
Join bee expert Professor Dave Goulson, The Sussex Wildlife Trust, guitarist Richard Durrant and WSCC's Youth Cabinet to delve a little further into how we can all love pollinators more. There'll also be contributions from the council's Sustainability and Highways teams.