Bolney Parish Council has been fighting very hard to try and get a roundabout agreed for the junction between the A23 London Road and A272, due to the many problems that high volumes of traffic cause to our residents in terms of rat-running through the parish and long queues at peak times.
This junction has been an ongoing issue for many years but with the proposed employment development on the Marylands Nursery site, it was felt that this was our final chance to push for a roundabout before the development takes place and insufficient land would be left to create one. In past discussions with MSDC Planning the Parish Council had argued for land to be safeguarded at the junction but this was not taken into account.
This junction is due to have traffic lights as part of the Burgess Hill Northern Arc development, to help with further growth and reduce predicted queuing. However this will not happen until the 400th dwelling of the Northern Arc is occupied, which could be many years away. The Parish Council still felt that a roundabout was a better option and recently attended meetings with Highways England and the Marylands developers to try and progress this. We have also written to both WSCC and MSDC having reviewed all the transport data on this junction.
Sadly for us, the final outcome is that under the proposed development, a scheme will widen the approach from the London Road down to the A272 to allow for separate lanes for traffic turning left and right. WSCC is happy that this will be sufficient and Highways England has not raised any objections. As a result, MSDC planners have accepted that this is the best option, although they have confirmed they will approach Homes England to see if the traffic lights can be installed earlier than planned.
We have made every effort to ensure that local voices were heard concerning this issue, but have come up against “received wisdom” at every turn.