The A27 at Chichester and Arundel
CPRE Sussex responded to the Chichester Bypass consultation in September. We are concerned that the plans put forward by Highways England are in isolation from a wider strategy for movement along the A27 corridor (including much needed investment in rail and other non-car measures) and across the City as a whole. We also believe that the statutory duty of regard for the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has not yet been satisfactorily considered. The two protected areas around Chichester – the AONB and the South Downs National Park – must be properly safeguarded for the benefit of future generations.
In July CPRE Sussex supported Binsted’s popular Strawberry Fair, which saw a record crowd of more than 1,000 people. The Fair, which has been an annual event for the past 29 years, is facing an uncertain future because the ‘strawberry fields’ are directly under one of the route options being considered for the new A27 Arundel bypass. The A27 Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee (ABNC) says that the new road would:
- Devastate Binsted’s village, businesses & landscape
- Destroy its peaceful beauty, enjoyed by many visitors for walking, cycling and riding
- Fragment the best parts of the woods, which are all in the National Park.
They're asking people to sign their petition and write to to their Parish Council, District & County Councillors, MP, Highways England and Secretary of State for Transport. Find out more on their website and Facebook page.
Photo: CPRE Sussex at Binsted Strawberry Fair