By Charlotte Schroeter
A petition has been launched by Ian McBean to urge West Sussex County Council (WSCC) to review its decision to cut back on the roads that will be gritted this winter as the cold weather strikes. A staggering 10 per cent fewer roads will be gritted than in previous years, meaning only 31 per cent of road networks across the Horsham District will be gritted in a measure to save money by WSCC.
Ian’s petition on change.org has been signed over 1,070 times at the time of writing. On Wednesday morning, Ian shared an update that he’d received an email from Jeremy Quin confirming that Mr Quin has raised the issue with the new leader of WSCC. The leader has said he will take it back to the department for review.
Ian told The District Post “I started the petition as I was incensed at the lack of warning of this decision at the beginning of winter and seemingly lack of consultation. We have reached 1,244 signatures in five days and 817 shares. I have a response from Jeremy Quin who has raised the issue with the new leader of WSCC”.
The petition is gaining traction, having been signed by at least one Horsham Councillor, raised by the local Traffic Group to the parent Parish Council Chair, raised by various Parish Councils, and shared to other Village Facebook Groups in West Sussex, accordingly to an update on the petition.
Many villages will be affected by the reduction in gritting with many roads serving as bus and school routes. Comments on the petition show residents fear for their safety when travelling to work and getting their children to school. There are also concerns for village shops receiving deliveries, residents being isolated, and roads that are narrow and hilly not being gritted at all. In worst case scenarios, residents fear for people’s lives with some highlighting the dangers of black ice and how severe the consequences can be.
Horsham roads that would no longer be gritted under the new plans are Bartholomew Way, Beech Road, Bennetts Road, Blackbridge Lane, Black Horse Way, Brook Road, Church Road, Coltsfoot Drive, Depot Road, Greenway, Hammerpond Road, Hills Farm Lane, Jackdaw Lane, Kempshott Road, Lambs Farm Road, Lemmington Way, Manor Fields, Merryfield Drive, Millthorpe Road, New Street, Oakhill Road, Orchard Road, Redford Avenue, Rushams Road, Shepherds Road, South Holmes Road, The Carfax, Trafalgar Road, and Tylden Way.
Other roads where gritting is due to be stopped in the Horsham District are:
- Amberley – School Road, High Street, East Street, and Crossgates
- Ashington – London Road
- Barns Green – Coolham Road, Chapel Road, Emms Lane, Trout Lane, Two Mile Ash Road, Sandhills Road, and Plumtree Cross Lane
- Billingshurst – Natts Lane, Station Road, and Lower Station Road
- Broadbridge Heath – Billingshurst Road and the downgraded bypass
- Holmbush – Tower Road
- Itchingfield – Weston’s Hill and Christ’s Hospital Road
- Nuthurst – Nuthurst Road and Maplehurst Road
- Rackham – Rackham Street
- Rudgwick and Bucks Green – Lynwick Street, Loxwood Road, and Hornshill Lane
- Shipley – Pound Lane and Swallows Lane
- Slinfold – Lyons Road, Hayes Lane, Park Street, and The Street
- Southwater – Shipley Road, Cedar Drive, and Cripplegate Lane
- Steyning – Tanyard Lane and Church Street
- Tower Hill – Two Mile Ash Road
- Warnham – Broadbridge Heath Road, Bailing Hill, Church Street, School Hill, and Knob Hill
- Washington – London Road
- West Chiltington – Mill Road, The Hollow, East Street, and West Chiltington Road
- West Grinstead – Park Lane
- Wiston – Hole Street and Water Lane
Other roads that will be affected include:
- Edburton Road near Small Dole
- Haven Road near Five Oaks
- Littleworth Lane and Mill Lane north of Partridge Green
- Rickman’s Lane and Plaistow Road between Kirdford and Plaistow
Will you be affected? Let us know by emailing email@example.com.