Safety fears raised after fatal crash in Worthing

CONCERNS over rat-running in a Worthing street which last month was the site of a fatal crash have been raised.

A resident living in Offington Park has written to the Herald expressing their fears about the Offington Avenue and Offington Drive.

It comes just weeks after 27-year-old Samuel Frost died when the red van he was in crashed into a tree.

In the letter, the resident said: “These roads are residential, do we really have to wait until one of our children is the casualty of these drivers.

“The latest crash resulted in the van hitting a tree, if it had not been there and one of our teenage residents had been walking home it could well have been the teenager that the van hit, we need to do something urgently to restrict the traffic as no amount of 30 limit signs pinned to lampposts, trees and refuse bins are going to slow the traffic down.”

The Herald has approached Offington ward councillor for Worthing Borough Council, Louise Murphy, who felt that there has been plenty done over the years to try and cut speeding motorists.

Mrs Murphy, who was a founding member of the Offington Park Residents’ Association, said she was well aware of rat-running concerns.

However, in an effort to reassure residents after last month’s tragedy, she noted there was already a range of options in place to prevent speeding drivers adding that the crash, although tragic, was uncommon for the area.

She said: “We don’t want to downplay the seriousness of what has happened.

“It’s very tragic and sad. I think it came as a great shock to the local community.

“However, given the fact that Offington Park is a very quiet, well run residential area and we have not had anything like this in such a long time, of course it will come as a concern.

“But events like this are, thankfully, very, very rare.”

Current safety measures include speed bumps in Offington Avenue, from Offington Lane to South Farm Road, as well as traffic warning signs and double yellow lines by Offington Avenue and South Farm Road.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said an investigation into the crash is at an ‘early stage’ and that it is ‘too early to say’ what recommendations, if any, would come from the study.

However, the spokesman did say: “We are not currently considering any additional traffic calming over what was installed at Offington Avenue circa 2006.”