Broadwater residents affected by heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) using the Ivy Arch Trading Estate are digging their heels in against more being allowed.
Gardner & Scardifield have applied to keep another two HGVs at their builders yard in Ivy Arch Road angering local residents. The yard is at the far end of Ivy Arch Road which is a cul-de-sac and nestles under the approach to Broadwater Bridge.
Pam Bennett of King Edward Avenue said: “We just don’t want any more heavy goods vehicles using King Edward Avenue as an entrance and exit to Ivy Arch Road.
“Gardner and Scardifield already have four and sometimes five lorries working and parking in their yard and sometimes they park in the turning space at the end of the road. Where would they park an extra two? ”
Local residents have raised their concerns for several years over HGVs using the surrounding residential streets. Reacting West Sussex County Council tried to mitigate the issue by installing directional signage and considered opening up the end of the cul-de-sac to enable entrance from Broadwater Road. Unfortunately this was not practical because of an electricity sub-station being present.
Children use Ivy Arch Road as route to school through the underpass below Broadwater Bridge leading directly to the entrance to Gardner & Scardifield and using the tunnel under the railway line at the other end. There is a mosque in Ivy Arch Road and opposite Worthing Boys Club.
Tim Nicholls, chair of South Broadwater Residents Association, said: “Already residents are plagued by six-wheel heavy lorries from this company rat-running through residential streets. To have two more is adding insult to injury and we oppose this application.”
Gardner & Scardifield Ltd were unavailable for comment.