The MP backs calls for a reduction in speed limits in the city of Sussex

PEOPLE living in small town are campaigning for reduced speed limit after motorists were caught traveling 70mph in a 30mph area.

Activists say many drivers and cyclists are not slowing down on the A272 as they reach Petworth.

The Argus: Petworth Community Speedwatch groupPetworth Community Speedwatch group

The Petworth Community Speedwatch group is calling for the speed limit to be lowered to 20mph to combat anti-social driving on the city’s narrow streets.

Surrey Weeks, a member of the Community Speedwatch group, said: “With the amount of debris I can’t believe someone hasn’t been killed or seriously injured.

“Last Sunday was so bad it was like a war zone. We really highlighted how dangerous these roads are.

“Many children and parents are walking down the street to school and I don’t want children to be hit by flying debris.”

Ms Weeks noted the group was particularly concerned about dangerous drivers on North Street who pose a risk to pedestrians due to the narrow sidewalks.

The group is also concerned about noisy bikes cruising around town, as well as truck drivers who have been known to divert through the narrow streets.

Petworth is on the A272 which means there is a lot of traffic going through the South Downs.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “We are currently considering this policy as part of a road safety framework review. The aim is to facilitate the introduction of lower speed limits where appropriate and to explore other traffic management measures that could help reduce serious injury collisions.

“This work is ongoing and is scheduled to go into public consultation in the fall. Pending the introduction of a new policy, all speed limit requests will be assessed against the current policy criteria and if met, a lower speed limit could be sought.

The Speedwatch group has the support of Andrew Griffith, who recently visited activists in the city.

Mr Griffith, MP for Arundel and South Downs, said: “I was a willing volunteer to join the very early start of the Petworth Community Speedwatch Group who are doing an excellent job of monitoring and reporting drivers who are not up to par Careful driving through the very narrow streets of this ancient city.

Argus: North Street has been highlighted as a particularly problematic road for dangerous drivingNorth Street has been highlighted as a particularly problematic road for dangerous driving

“Unfortunately, it is once again a minority of anti-social riders who are giving the great British motorcycling fraternity a bad name.

“I support the city’s campaign for a speed limit of 20mph and ask Sussex Police and West Sussex County Council to support it.” The MP backs calls for a reduction in speed limits in the city of Sussex

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