‘Outrage’ as council delays road revamp

SH 081214 Ferry Road, Shoreham Beach. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140912-125802001
SH 081214 Ferry Road, Shoreham Beach. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140912-125802001

RESIDENTS were up in arms at a council meeting last week after it was announced that an approval of Shoreham Beach’s Ferry Road improvements will be postponed until next year.

Councillors, members of Shoreham Beach Residents’ Association and locals packed out a room at the Southwick Centre on Wednesday, last week, to hear Adur County Local Committee consider Ferry Bridge’s proposed traffic regulation order that will prohibit vehicles driving on Lower Beach Road.

However, people were shocked to learn that it had been removed from the agenda and postponed until February’s meeting, next year.

At the meeting, councillor Liza McKinney of Marine Ward, said it was ‘outrageous’ and that Ferry Road will risk falling to the wayside.

“There are a number of residents here who want it to go ahead. Don’t tell me it’s all to do with the costs of having it done, etc.

“It’s really outrageous that it’s taken all this time. Ferry Road should not be delayed any further,” she added.

Committee chairman Janet Mockridge said the council had recently learned that Lower Beach Road could be an historic public hard – which allowed boats access to the water – and could be centuries-old and may need protection against any improvements.

Shoreham Beach traders were also in attendance.

Robert Baker, of Robert Baker & Co, said he had spent a lot of time preparing for the meeting and had no idea it had been removed from the agenda.

Three traders in Ferry Road, including Mr Baker, are currently opposing the traffic order because parking bays located outside his business will be subject to double yellow lines if approved.

However, ownership of the bays is yet to be confirmed by the council.

Shoreham Beach Residents’ Association supports the proposals to landscape the area around the new Adur Ferry Bridge, the Lower Beach Road car park and Ferry Road.

After the association’s leader, Joss Loader, said: “People expect more of a county council and its legal department. So we’d urge them to really pull out all the stops to come up with practical recommendations in time for the next CLC meeting.”