West Sussex County Council has delayed making traffic safety improvements to Felpham Village until after the Felpham Relief Road opens next year.
Work was due to start on installing new traffic calming measures, which have been developed after working closely with Felpham Parish Council over several years.
An informal drop-in session was held to demonstrate the scheme to the public on Monday, October 26, before work started.
West Sussex County Council’s Director of Highways and Transport, Nicola Debnam, said: “Following the drop-in session, it was apparent there was considerable strength of feeling opposing the scheme and its timing from members of the public.
“We were disappointed by some of the behaviour that was displayed towards our staff – which was intimidating and uncalled for.
“However we recognise the strength of feeling among the local community and we will delay the scheme until the Felpham Relief Road has opened.
“This will allow us to speak again with the Joint Western Arun Area Committee to discuss the concerns voiced by residents.”
She added: “A consultation was carried out in 2013 and we recognise that circumstances may have changed since then.
“So we will carry out a further consultation exercise to ensure we fully understand the current position of local residents and traders.”