HUNDREDS of residents turned out to have their say about the future of Felpham’s roads.
The turnout ensured Monday’s display of traffic calming and pedestrian safety measures for Limmer Lane and Vicarage Land was busy throughout.
The proposals have been designed by West Sussex County Council as part of a £500,000 project to improve conditions for pedestrians and motorists in the village centre.
Four options for each road were on display in Felpham Memorial Village Hall. For Vicarage Lane, they involved variations of narrowing its junction and removing its central island, keeping the central island in Felpham Road, moving Felpham Road’s north-west side kerb and installing a coloured high friction surface.
One choice also included new street furniture and improving the existing structures. The ideas for Limmer Lane feature up to seven parking bays outside the small shopping parade, putting in an uncontrolled crossing south of the junction, formalising the existing crossing point across Limmer Lane and a new uncontrolled crossing north of the junction. A coloured high friction surface featured in all of the suggestions.
One had a large public realm area created with new benches, planters and cycle stands. Felpham resident Sheila White, was among the 105 visitors to the event halfway through its four hours, said: “Reversing into the parking bays outside the shops is going to be as dangerous as it is parking there now. I can’t see that is an idea people will want to have.”
Her friend, Judith Lee, said: “I like the idea of keeping the central bollard so people can cross the road more safely by going to the halfway point.
“I’ve heard mention while I’ve been here of a call for a 20mph speed limit and a one-way system. Limmer Lane doesn’t have a pavement so it should definitely have that limit. But at least the council are consulting this time, unlike last year.”
Former Felpham parish councillor Geoff Farrell said: “My overwhelming view is that I’m glad these designs have been put on view. We didn’t want a repeat of the situation last year.
“But I don’t think any of these schemes will slow the traffic flow and I don’t like coloured surfaces. They look nice at the start but they are never maintained and then they look awful.”
Kevin Moss, the council’s project manager, welcomed the enthusiastic turnout. “It’s really good to have this number of people come along,” he said.
“These are much nicer ideas than those from last year and we really want to listen to what people say about them.
“We will include what they say as long as its makes engineering sense and fits in with reducing traffic speed and improving pedestrian safety.”
Last year’s initial attempt to carry out the scheme was met with hostility as dozens of traders and residents crowded into the display to loudly protest about the ideas