I am sad to report that the passing of Labour Councillor Leslie Alden was announced recently. Les, who represented the Eastbrook Ward passsed away last after a short illness. Despite our divergent political views, we did get on, and I will miss him alongside me in the Bass line in the Church Choir at St Nicolas Church, Old Shoreham. I am sure that everyone would like to join me in sending our sincere condolencies to his wife Pat, and their family.
Councillor David Simmons
Once again this year, on Monday 27th January 2020, Councillors, members of various religious organisations and the community attended the Holocaust memorial in Buckingham Park, Shoreham for a memorial event. "Lest we forget!"
A larger event to mark Holocaust Memorial day in 2020 attended by the Chair of Adur District Council, was centred on Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Sompting on Friday 25th January. Presentations were given by students who have visited the camps as part of their studies to their peers and a number of guests from the Jewish Community, local Councils and some of the school councillors.
All the guests at Sir Robert Woodard Academy at the remembrance day for the Holocaust and other genocides.
Councillors George Barton (Peveril) and Councillor David Simmnons (Hillside) at BuckinghamPark at the Holocaust Memorial in 2018
As local Councillor, we promised that the Playpark alongside Quayside
Youth Centre would be open for the summer holidays. I am pleased to be able to say that this was completed on time and is in considerable use by local young people as promised. I am sure this will remain a community asset for many years to come.
Councillor Dave Simmons, Hillside ward
AIR QUALITY IN SHOREHAM HIGH STREET
At a recent public meeting, concerns were raised about air quality in the district, particularly in Shoreham High Street. It was agreed that this is exacerbated by stationary traffic, often caused by buses and the pedestrian crossing at the foot of East Street. Efforts which have or are being made to deal with the issue include enlarging the bus bay to allow them to pull off the carriageway and reducing the times that traffic is held stationary at the pedestrian crossing by adjusting the timing of the traffic lights by East Street. This has already had a positive effect in helping to reduce the pollution further along the High Street.
Further meetings have been held with 'Sussex Air', a partnership of local authorities and other stakeholders, and changes to Shoreham High street are now being considered in an effort to improve traffic flow and reduce even further the pollution that occurs. This is in any case shown by results to have been reducing, but more still needs to be done to meet the commitments of both Adur District and West Sussex County Councils, especially bearing in mind new developments along the Western Harbour And the fact that both Councils have declared a climate emergency.
CURRENT TRO REQUESTS AND OTHER HIGHWAYS ISSUES
NB All applications fornew Traffic Regulation Orders need to be submitted using an on line form available on West Sussex County Council web-site, and must be supported by the local County Councillor
Potholescan continue to be reported via the 'Love West Sussex' app for mobile'phones avalable on the West Sussex County Council Web-site.
UNDERDOWN ROAD JUNCTION WITH CROSS ROAD AND SPEEDING TRAFFIC
Complaints have been received about vehicles parked close to the junction making it dangerous for emerging traffic. Similarly, other complaints have been speeding traffic down Cross Road causing danger to other road users, especially with parked cars on both sides of the road. West Sussex Highways have been contacted, and due to the fact that no serious accidents have occured in that vicinity, it does not meet the criteria for further traffic calming measures. It is believed that parked cars do in fact slow down traffic which would otherwise have greater speed.
An approach has also been made to West Sussex in respect of the single car parking space on the East side of Buckingham Road, which is said to be causing obstructed view for people pulling onto Buckingham Road. (15.8.15). This has since been removed!
Photographs and a report have been submitted to West Sussex Highways about the problems of indiscriminate parking in Mile Oak Road Southwick, thereby causing danger to other road users from side roads. The matter has been added to the list of areas requiring a Road Traffic Regulation Order, a process currently under review at the County Council.NB The County Council have restricted Traffic Regulation Orders to two a year for the foreseeable future, and this request will have to join other prospective orders to determine the priorities for immediate progress.
Highways have been asked to review the double yellow lines on the rail bridge at Grinstead Lane, where there are still issues with large parked vehicles causing danger to other road users. This was considered and rejected by highways engineers following site visits
Uneven pavements at the junction of Clarendon Road and Elizabeth Road caused problems for elderly residents. West Sussex Higfhways were asked to visit the site and take whatever remedial action is necessary to mitigate further problems. I am pleased to report that the matter has now been fixed to remove the trip hazard for pedestrians.
Further complaints made to me about the collapsing utility covers in Western Road at the junction with Southdown Road, Shoreham were passed details to West Sussex County Council Highways to get the matter fixed. I am pleased to say that these have now been fixed.
Parking of commercial vehicles on the Upper Shoreham Road at the junnction with Greenways Crescent are causing a severe danger to people pulling out of the Crescent into the main road. This is caused by the local estate not allowing such vehicles to park there, even where owned by local residents. This is a lesson for planning, but also a need for double yellow lines to reduce the danger.
I am pleased to say that a yellow lines have been installed greaty improving safety and visibilityat these junctions.
Councillor David Simmons
42 Greenways Crescent
Tel: 01273 464018 (home)
Mobile: 0772 505 4389
Executive Member for Finance and Deputy Leader at Adur District Council
Councillor Angus Dunn
86, Church Green
Tel.: 01273 870067
Mobile: 07760 486552