Signage in former Russell and Bromley window 'risks accidents'

The boarded-up windows of the former Russell and Bromley store could risk accidents, councillors have suggested.

The South Street shoe shop left the city last month (Chichester city centre shoe shop to close) and owners boarded up the glass shopfront with a farewell message.

Requests from councillor Sarah Lishman (Labour, Chichester East), and cllr Adrian Moss (Lib Dem, Harbour Villages) to remove the decals were unsuccessful and Russell and Bromley has confirmed that it no longer owns the building.

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The offending corner

Cllr Lishman, who works as an bus driver, said: “All bus drivers who service Chichester are taught to use the glass frontage of the Russell and Bromley shop to check if other traffic, including buses, cyclists and vulnerable pedestrians, are coming the other way when approaching The Cross.

"I asked them to remove some of the signage so drivers could see 'round the corner' by using the glass shop front.”

"[We] can only suggest that the council put up a mirror to get round this problem.”

Sarah Sharp (Green Party) has also raised concerns for cyclists not being able to see oncoming traffic, and has contacted West Sussex County Council, on behalf of Sarah Lishman.