The family of Pathushan Sutharsan have been asked to remove tributes laid at the crossing where he was killed.

Pathu was taking part in a charity bike ride on the Downs Link last July when he was fatally struck by a lorry at the notorious A281 crossing.

Bridge the Downs Link

Local residents and campaigners have been demanding for years that West Sussex County Council make the crossing safe. The gap in the route at Rudgwick severs the popular Downs Link in two and deters people from using it.

The family were informed that the tributes placed near the spot where Pathu was killed contravene the council’s policy on roadside memorials as these can be “distracting” to motorists.

Rudgwick Parish Council is hoping to help the family find a suitable place that the current memorial can be moved to, if they so wish.

A spokesperson for the Bridge the Downs Link campaign said “the best way to honour Pathu’s memory with a permanent memorial would be to build a bridge across this dangerous stretch of road.”

If you would like to support the campaign please write to your local County councillor.