Speeding clearly concerns a lot of people with nearly half saying it is a problem. However, when it comes to naming priorities for action, people’s views on the top priorities ranged over quite a number of items with the biggest votes going to parking issues and highways maintenance followed by requests for better street lighting.
Overall, close to half of people answering the question said speeding was an issue. And this rises to almost two-thirds when people who live in cul-de-sacs or mobile home parks are excluded. Furthermore three-quarters of the people who considered it a problem thought it serious enough to warrant additional measures. The main ideas suggested were more police enforcement, cameras, humps and physical traffic calming.
Action on parking was the number 1 priority for one in five people replying to this question. Three areas of concern were identified, parking by the shops in Old Horsham Road, especially by lorries, parking by commuters near the station and the lack of parking spaces in Leith Road, especially near Turner House. The last of these was being partly addressed by a plan to provide 15 extra spaces at Turner House. However, this appears to have stalled for the time being.
Over half of people were unhappy with some aspect of the state of the local roads and pavements and many specific examples were given, including Newdigate Road, Springwell Road, Highland Road and Leith Road. Around a quarter were concerned about the state of verges, ditches or hedges. And one in eight of those giving a number 1 priority for action picked highways.
Only one in eight people had had reason to contact the Police but those who did so were generally very satisfied with the response, some very much so. The average rating was 3.8 on scale of 1 to 5 (high).
People are clearly worried about the current level of youth provision as it was rated poorly with an average score of 2.3 based on a scale of 1 to 5 (high). However there were relatively few suggestions for improvements with the main ones being a youth club and a better evening bus service to allow young people to reach a wider range of events and activities.
Perhaps surprisingly, only 45% of people responding thought cars taking children to school were causing a congestion problem. This is much lower than for other villages and may reflect the number of retired people who replied to the survey. Nevertheless, there was strong support for more options for children to be able to use buses to get to school with 84% backing the idea. The suggestion that schools should get incentives from the County Council to arrange additional transport was also popular with 83% of those who expressed a view in favour.