Campaign for footpath on road used by '˜juggernauts'

'Do you want to have someone killed first?'

Wednesday, 29th March 2017, 8:58 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 8:20 pm
Barry Burks (left) next to his wife Jean at a section of Titnore Lane without a footpath. Picture: Derek Martin

More than 350 people have called for a partial footpath on a busy Worthing road to be extended to ensure the safety of walkers and cyclists.

Barry Burks, 70, is campaigning to have gaps in the footpath along Titnore Lane filled in by West Sussex County Council.

Barry, who lives in Titnore Lane, decided to take action after his wife Jean and two friends were brushed by a passing car’s wing mirror in Titnore Lane in December.

“The car just missed me and then caught my wife and two friends,” Barry, a retired design engineer, said. Nobody was injured, he added.

The footpath along the half-mile stretch of Titnore Lane between Titnore Way and the A2032 is partially complete, but several portions totalling about 300 yards are missing.

“You have got heavy juggernauts going down there,” said Barry, referring to large trucks using the road.

“When the sun is at a low level in the winter drivers can’t even see you,” he added.

“Cyclists have got their lives in their hands.”

Barry is keen to get the path completed as soon as possible: “Do you want to have someone killed first?”

He wrote to West Sussex Highways, who advised him to apply for community highways funding.

Barry compiled a report on the footpath and gathered 360 signatures for his petition.

Mayor Sean McDonald, councillor for Northbrook, said: “I fully support the idea of a footpath to make it easier and safer to walk alongside Titnore Lane.

“Mr Burks has produced an excellent plan and I hope this can be taken forward.

“I have spoken to local residents who all support the idea. The proposal will connect the local estate to Northbrook College and across the main road down to Goring Railway Station. Students, commuters and local residents will benefit from the footpath.”

Interested residents should email [email protected]

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