West Sussex County Times

Road safety leads to refusal for pitches

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Fears about safety at a ‘terrifying’ country lane junction have led to plans for two more gypsy pitches in Pulborough being refused.

The applicatio­n for the site at Lane Top, in Nutbourne Road, was turned down during a meeting of Horsham District Council’s planning committee on Tuesday April 27. Diana van der Klugt (Con, Pulborough, Coldwaltha­m & Amberley) spoke at length about her concerns about the poor visibility for cars coming out of the site on to Nutbourne Road – ‘a typical narrow, winding Sussex road’.

It was a view shared in many of the dozens of objections received by the council, including one from Pulborough Parish Council.

A report from the West Sussex Highways said it could not justify an objection on visibility grounds ‘given that the access has operated for some time without evidence of highway safety concern’, adding that no injury accidents had been recorded in the area over the past five years.

Others disagreed, saying there had been accidents in the area, even if no injuries had been reported.

The applicatio­n was refused by 20 votes to zero with one abstention, on the grounds that the poor visibility would affect road safety.

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