West Sussex County Council is aiming to increase the number of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) delivered each year. Worthing currently is only allowed three each year much to the frustration of local residents and councillors.
Officers are working on plans to accelerate the time taken to approve a TRO.
They are also considering increasing the number of TROs that County Local Committee’s in West Sussex can approve each year to five.
County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Pieter Montyn, said: “Under the old system, in some cases it has taken several years for TROs to be enacted.
“This new process would also involve greater consultation to try and reduce the wait between a member proposing it, a County Local Committee approving it, and it becoming legally enforceable to six months or a year.
“We are looking at staff resources and working on ways to revise this process.”
County Councillor Bob Smytherman Chair of Worthing County Local Committee said: “We welcome any move to improve the current practice. With only three TROs a year Worthing has a waiting list in excess of 17 years. Another two is helpful but we would still only be making a dent in the list.”
TROs are legal orders which road users have to obey, such as one-way systems, speed limits and waiting restrictions. County Local Committees are devolved bodies from West Sussex County Council made up local County Councillors in the designated area.