THE delayed extension of Worthing’s controlled parking zone (CPZ) is due to the county council underestimating how long the implementation process would take, a meeting has heard.
Several people at Worthing county local committee’s meeting on Wednesday, April 25, asked why there had been such a significant delay to the project, which had been due to be completed early this year.
Democratic services officer for West Sussex County Council (WSCC), Laura Johnston, responded, and said: “Part of the reason for the delay is that it has taken a lot longer than thought to check the statutory requirements of all the footpaths where the signposts for this project would be placed.”
Jen Bradbury, a coastal team leader for WSCC, added the order for the CPZ work to be undertaken had just been logged with contractors Balfour Beatty.
She said they had two weeks to come back with a price, which would likely take two weeks to be agreed, and then work would have to commence within 12 weeks.
“I think we are looking at commencement of the work within the next 16 weeks, but it could well be earlier than that.”
The meeting, held at Chatsmore Catholic High School in Goring Street, Goring, was chaired by Bob Smytherman, who said he shared people’s frustrations at the delays.
More than 30 extra roads will be included in the CPZ revision.
A month before the scheme is implemented, residents affected by the new restrictions will be invited to purchase a resident permit, if required. The delay has, however, meant the county council being able to include additional measures, such as reviewing and improving loading bays in shopping areas for local traders.