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Walking back to happiness on pavements

Walkers should be feeling the benefit as West Sussex Highways completes the first year of its £5 million Even Better Pavements programme.

The dozens of road that have seen pavement surfacing include some in Horsham area; Kings Road and Lintott Gardens,  Millthorpe Road,  Redford Avenue, Eyles Close, Bluebell Close, Oaks Close, Merryfield Drive, Kentwyns Drive,  Saxon Crescent, St Leonards Road, Wimblehurst Road, Bedford Road  and Arthur Road.

The County Council targeted pavements and footways most used by vulnerable residents to protect them from slips, trips and falls.

Pavements which serve schools, clinics, hospitals and areas with high footfall, were prioritised.

It was the first year of a two-year programme that is costing £5 million.

£2 million was spent on the Even Better Pavements programme in 2016/17.

In all 85 locations across Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Lancing and Selsey were improved.  A further £3 million will be spent in 2017/18.

The West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Bob Lanzer, said: “We are delighted the first year of our programme has been delivered on time and on budget.

“Our investment has made pavements and footways in the locations we have been to smoother and safer.

“While this work has been on-going, behind the scenes we have been prioritising and organising the locations in the county to focus on in 2017/18.

“We shall be announcing this list shortly.”

Anyone who notices damaged or missing paving slabs, or any other footway damage, can report them online via www.lovewestsussex.gov.uk.

Or download the Love West Sussex phone app free for i-Phone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry to report it that way. 

Pictured is Millthorpe Road, Horsham before and after the work.

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