Paghams Summer Fields development park issues

Pagham residents are suffering from park chaos over the development, says an activist.

Work is currently underway to complete Drew Smith’s £16.2million Summer Fields development of 90 apartments on Summer Lane.

The Pagham South Strategic Area is earmarked for 400 homes – some of the 1,200 that the council’s local plan plans to build in Pagham by 2031.

Pagham and Aldwick Greenfields Action Movement (PAGAM) leader Alan Pivett shared photos of a congested Summer Lane last month.

The photos show various vehicles lining the street and parked on sidewalks at the start of the school term on October 24.

“Summer Lane is a public footpath and right of way, but we have seen mothers and children plus dogs having to navigate an extremely dangerous working environment with 18 tonne six-wheel dump trucks constantly going around,” Mr Pivett said.

»Contractors’ vans [were] parked so that a footpath [was] not available.”

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Mr Pivett said the site manager apologized, claiming the vehicles would have to be parked there for at least two weeks as they were “no longer allowed to park on the site”.

“This is another example of Summer Lane never being designed for this traffic and putting residents and visitors at high risk on a public footpath,” Mr Pivett claimed.

A Summer Lane resident was concerned the popular right-of-way – part of Footpath 100 – was being made dangerous for walkers and cyclists.

“It was halftime and all these cars were parked on the sidewalk, so people couldn’t walk on the sidewalk — they had to walk on the street,” the resident said.

“The traffic was completely still and everything was backed up.

“They have now built this road on a country road. We said from day to point that the road is not wide enough.

“There are people trying to bike or walk Summer Lane because it’s a very popular walk into the countryside.

“What was there [in October] was dangerous.”

A spokesman for the developer has since responded to the concerns.

“At Drew Smith, we always aim to be a considerate neighbor, and we recognize that on this occasion, construction vehicles were temporarily improperly parked on Summer Lane,” they said.

“As part of the planning permission for the site there is a traffic management plan approved by the local authority and we have spoken to our subcontractors and employees to remind them of the correct parking procedures.” Paghams Summer Fields development park issues

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