Dear West Sussex County Council,
On 3rd July 2020 I made a series of requests related to the recently installed barriers along the Downs Link in Southwater, with specific reference to 51.026404, -0.355838, at the junction of the Downs Link with Eames View. That request is here -
That request was not replied to in full, principally because it was acknowledged that the barriers were not installed correctly and that the developer would be instructed to remove them -
"The barrier was installed in May/June 2019 and following an
investigation looking into the issues you raised has been found to have
been installed in the wrong location by the developer. The Principal
Public Rights of Way Officer who was responsible for liaising with the
developer on this scheme has left the organisation so I will instruct the
developer to remove the barrier. Two sets of staggered barriers were due
to be erected on either side of the new spine road. However we will now
work with the developer to review their suitability at this location
through a safety audit of the crossing and ensure there is an appropriate
consultation and Equality Impact Assessment before installing, if needed,
any physical barrier.
In view of the fact that the installation was faulty and will be
corrected, I have not answered all your questions in full."
However, as of March 2021, the barriers are still in place.
1) Has an instruction to remove them been issued to the developer? If it has, why has the developer not removed the barriers?
2) Has an Equality Impact Assessment now been carried out?
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to your response.
Dear Mark Treasure
Thank you for your request which has been assigned reference FOI/2249
Freedom of Information request - New barriers on the Downs Link at
Southwater - Current Status
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Dear Mark Treasure,
Our Ref: FOI/2249
On 08/04/2021 you made the following request for information, which has
been dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000/Environmental Information Regulations 2004 [select
EIR Re: New barriers on the Downs Link at Southwater - Current Status
We have now completed a search for the information which you requested and
confirm that this Authority holds data relevant to your request.
The Response to your request is as follows:
1 Has an instruction to remove them been issued to the developer?
If it has, why has the developer not removed the barriers?
2 Has an Equality Impact Assessment now been carried out?
* Since the last request the Principal Rights of Way Officer has been
following this up with the developer who owns the land and is
responsible for the barriers. The developer has commissioned a new
road safety audit for the crossing of the spine road at that location
and has said the barriers referred to will be removed when this is
complete in May.
Nicholas Scott our Principal Rights of Way Officer is happy to discuss
this with you and keep you updated if you wish to contact him directly.
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