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Friday, 3 August 2018

South Downs National Park Authority Judicial review



Margaret Paren SDNPA Chairman.
I was not surprised at the recent news that the SDNPA has decided 
to use public money to start a Judicial review to challenge the decision 
made by Highways England to recommend route 5a .

The meeting was held in secret, the anti road campaigners got 
advance notice of that meeting and also got advice of what happened 
at the meeting and knowing the decision before any of the general public, 
eg collusion between the Authority and anti bypass supporters.
 (I have proof on all this)

The reason I wasn’t surprised is because the Chairman Margaret Paren, OBE. 
After taking early retirement became involved in the Campaign for the 
Protection of Rural England (CPRE).  CPRE were paramount in ensuring 
that the SDNPA park border was moved to south of the A27 rather than 
using that as a natural border of the park.

One Arundel has recently carried out a Freedom of information request 
and a huge number of documents have been supplied showing and proving 
collusion between the Park Authority and SCATE and key 
environmental campaigners,

All these documents have now been passed to the Highways Englands 
lawyers to enable them to robustly challenge the Judicial review.

SDNPA had many private meetings with Highways England and were 
kept abreast of the entire consultation process and had plenty of time and 
opportunity to input to that process, so to then turn around and challenge 
the decision that was so widely supported by the local community is 
disrespectful to local feelings.

Margaret Paren has been in position for over 8 years, she is not elected 
but was appointed by the Brown Government back in early 2010.

All local councils (Who have a democratic mandate) at all levels County 
(WSCC), District (Arun & Horsham), Town and Parish have all supported 
route 5a apart from Walberton who were against and Lyminster who were 
undecided.

So when there is proof that the  Authority has been partisan and has
 been meddling and undermining the will of the local population, 
I think the person at the head of that Authority should take responsibility, 
so Margaret Paren should consider her position.

I believe the SDNPA does not serve the needs of the local population, 
Storringtons air Qaulity is truly awful and has caused by HGV’s rat running
 through the Downs to avoid the Arundel Bottleneck.  It is in the 30 most 
polluted cities (Storrington is not a city but joins many cities in that 
enviable position) 
So you wonder why SDNPA is expending so much energy and public funding
 fighting the HE decision when they should be worrying about the Air Quality
 in Storrington.

Until next month


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Dog Fouling




I know a lot of residents are dog owners and passionate about their dogs, It has been written that there is no greater bond between a dog and it’s owner, but there are a number of irresponsible dog owners and this is evidenced by the number of dog fouling incidents in Arundel and surrounding villages, making life hell for some in our communities. In a recent Arun press release  it was stated that “Arun has some prolific dog fouling problems in some places in the district”


A number of years ago East Hampshire District Council created a robust scheme where they would target Dog Fouling with extra officers using fines received to fund the extra activity, they were so successful that they started to run out of Dog Fowler’s as the irresponsible dog owners started to change their behaviour.

Arun last year made a unique agreement with East Hampshire District Council where as HDC enforcement officers would work for Arun
Aruns Cabinet recently approved the Environment & Leisure Working Group recommendations to use these contracted Environmental Enforcement Officers to enforce dog controls in the district in addition to the existing enforcement of littering and dog fouling offences. The fine levels have also been adjusted for the first time in many years (£100 for dog offences, £80 for littering offences – both reduced if paid within 14 days).
There are additional controls for Dog exclusion areas and Dogs on a lead areas (Like Jubilee Gardens in Arundel)


Of course there is a fine balance in creating a regime that punishes the guilty (Effectively) and gives the freedoms that we all enjoy, part of that is policy forming and the other half is the application of the enforcement, always a tricky issue and very subjective.  We have similar issues in parking enforcement, ideally you want it to be effective but not in your face.


The additional controls that are being enforced by issue of FPN (Fixed Payment notices) are dog exclusions and dogs on leads.

You can access information on Dog Fouling on  Aruns website: www.arun.gov.uk/dog-control, also there will be information sent out by Social Media  and there are In addition new leaflets which can be accessed from Arun Civic Centre in Littlehampton.. Also any queries may be sent to dog.wardens@arun.gov.uk


Until Next Month

Paul Dendle is one of your councillors for the Arundel & Walberton Ward and can be reached on Cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk. Website www.pauldendle.org

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Abolish the South Downs National Park Authority

I have always had a problem with the SDNPA, a body set up by the urban elite, stuffed full of Labour Luvies and with no democratic legitimacy.  Yes when was the last time you voted for a representative on the SDNPA?

We now have a situation where the SDNPA have decided to use public money to challenge Highway England’s decision to recommend Route 5a to the Planning Inspectorate, despite 71% of consultee's choosing to go for an off line option and 48% choosing option 5a.

All local District Councils, Town Councils and Parish Councils and the County Council  (except for Walberton Parish who voted against 5a and Lyminster who didn't give a view)  voted for 5a.  so a clear view from democraticly elected representatives.

This decision by SDNPA in a closed meeting (Don't like democracy or transparency do they?) brings into to question their moral authority and the very existence of this elitist authority.

Do we need them, my view is no, we already have too much government, so lets campaign for them to be abolished and save us the tax payer many millions of our money

Thursday, 5 April 2018

What's happened to LTRAS (Lower Tidal River Arun Management Scheme)?

If you remember over 5 years ago I lobbied the town council to introduce a flood precept, where as
every year money is raised via the town percept to pay for planned maintenance scheme to protect the town from flooding,

LTRAS project as a whole was estimated to be an eye watering £70M pounds, but the Environment agency did identify a more affordable phase one which would give us 20 years peace of mind and help to maintain the status quo.

The cost of phase one was about £700,000  of work whereas West Sussex County Council would contribute 200,000, Arun District £92,000  the Town Council £64,000  and the environment agency the balance.

The Town Council to their credit has been raising money and has £64,000 in the fund ready for the forthcoming work,  But the environment agency has gone very quiet on the scheme.

There has been delays in doing the LTRAS  Phase 1 work , the delays have been down to two reasons The EA doing a review of the West Bank and  a review of the whole LTRAS project (£70M) to see what savings could be made to bring the cost down in this age of austerity.

But in the meantime the Environment Agency has not been idle and has found £500,000 for maintenance of the low spots, eg the most vulnerable spots, this covers from  just north of Warningcamp to just south of Arundel.   But one of the spots that is not covered is around the Windmill.

So as one of your local Councillors it’s my job to lobby the Environment Agency to come up with some money to ensure that the Windmill area is included.  I have every respect for the officers involved but we just need to ensure that all of  Arundel is secure against flooding in the near to medium term.

The above has nothing to do with the river wall collapse which is affecting the cottages along River Road, the LTRAS scheme is for publicly owned areas only, eg the earth river banks.   Private home owners have Riparian repair responsibilities to maintain the river wall, eg if you own a property along the river you have to repair it, The Nineveh Shipyard residents association are doing that very thing at a cost of approximately £8000 per residence.  The Old Slipway residents have joined in and are paying £22,000 per residence.   So living by the river has its cost.

Until Next Month

Paul Dendle is Arundel & walberton Ward Member on Arun District Council  web address is www.pauldendle.org


Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Where does your recycling go?

Chinese storage of unwanted plastic bottles.

With all the discussion in the media and the stories of Plastic piling up in China, I thought I would address what happens to your recycling in the Arun district,

What makes me angry when you have these stories of recycling being shipped off to the third world, it damages recycling rates and undermines the recycling message.  

Aruns recycling rate has slipped from 41.5% to 40.5% as a direct result of these negative stories,  It’s hard enough to get people engaged in recycling, many school children learn from an early age regarding recycling and they encourage parents to follow the lead given by teachers and schools.

West Sussex as the waste authority takes the waste that the Districts collect, the recycling goes to the Ford Materials Recycling Facility where it is separated in to the various items, Ford is renowned for the level of quality of its items, eg the low level of contamination and on an annual basis Arun will receive as much as a Million pounds for its share of the recycling that is sold on to UK & EU manufacturers.

But it does not stop there, as well as Ford there is the mechanical recovery unit (MRU) which extracts items from the non recyclable bin, all the food waste goes to an anaerobic digester and powers the MRU as well as exporting power to the National grid, all plastic that couldn’t be recycled is converted into plastic pellets for Energy from waste units (Incinerators) and again electricity is exported to the National grid, Metals are extracted by huge magnets and recycled . The driver for all this positive activity is the landfill tax, so councils have a real incentive to find alternatives and the economies of the MRU are underpinned by the Landfill tax.

The EU was to impose penalties for any Council that didn’t achieve 50% recycling  by 2020, of course Brexit has intervened , but the UK government may continue with the 50% target, so this is still a real possibility and it sensible to ensure that waste does not go to landfill.

One big problem is careless and thoughtless contamination, it only takes one dirty nappy to be deposited into recycling for a whole waste lorry load to be rejected and go directly to non recyclable waste, so challenging this type of behaviour is all in our interests.


Until next month

Paul Dendle is Arundel & Walberton ward member on Arundel District Council. His website is pauldendle.org and email is cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Housing Conundrum


Government backed shared ownership affordable housing?.
With most political debate being dominated by Brexit, the big issue for 2018 for the District is finally putting to bed the Local Plan and making the difficult decisions on what is needed for Housing provision  for the Future.

The National Economic imperative has been to try build up to 300,000 houses a year, but this doesn’t square with local opinion and residents who have expressed anger at housing numbers being forced on local communities.

But when you take the time to break down the arguments, you get to two opposing views, Yes local residents want affordable housing provided for the younger generation to get on the housing ladder or rent at a reasonable rate, but residents don’t want the type of estates with large four Bedroom executive houses for incomers being sucked in from higher priced areas causing local housing inflation.

I believe Arun will end up with 1200 houses per annum,  I believe the leadership of Arun will pay dearly for losing control of the Local Plan process and I believe these houses will be the wrong type of housing.

Arun needs somehow even at this late stage  to somehow intervene in the market to change this.
The reason many younger voters, and even voters up to the age of 40 are deserting the Conservative Party is because there isn’t the buy-in to the Housing market and the abilityto get on the housing ladder.

My solution is a massive expansion of shared ownership where young people can partly buy and partly rent new properties,   Also we need to build new towns built around railway lines and designed for the driverless car future that is fast approaching where people will not own cars anymore (Even in Rural areas) and will hail a Uber driverless car to take them to town or to the station.

Many older residents are forced to move closer to towns because they can no longer drive, this will be part of the brave new world fast approaching with Artificial intelligence going to change many aspects of our economic future, a thought for 2018 and beyond.

To next month




Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Policing

Paul with one of the PCSO's that have abolished.
Sussex Police Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne Visited Arundel Town Council recently, residents were able to quiz her on recent rise in petty crime in the town, I asked her 4 questions regarding the possibility of a Community warden for the town and Sussex police partially funding it, despite being in control of the budget for Sussex Police she wouldn’t accept that partially funding a community warden was something she should do.

I am a Conservative Councillor, but I think when it comes to the locality,  party loyalties should be put aside for local interests and I have criticised Conservatives if I feel they have not done the right thing. by the same token I will also defend if I feel any attack is unwarranted.

I always find Katy Bourne bit like Tigger, she bounces in and then bounces out, but there is no real substance in what she says and in Sussex our policing is in a mess.

Katy’s campaign in 2012 was for a bobby in every village, well I would like a booby in every town at least and the scrapping of  Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) was a retrograde step in my opinion.

When our MP Rt Hon Nick Herbert  was Police Minister he pioneered the concept of PCC’s expecting and hoping that people with real business experience could help change policing and drive innovation.  I wanted to be Sussex Police  & Crime Commissioner and got down to the last 6 in the race to be the Conservative candidate.

I was hoping to introduce Systems thinking that we have used successfully at Arun District Council and that Toyota pioneered to make them more efficient and empower the workforce.  Toyota executives would every week visit a plant, walk the floor, talk to the staff and get ideas for improving production.  They would then have a working lunch and decide on an action plan to feed these ideas into improving productivity.

Cheshire Constabulary have done a similar thing and prior to standing as a candidate I met with the consultants who advised Cheshire Constabulary.  

Sussex Police is very bureaucratic, the Police on the front line are frustrated with the top down Control and Command structure, they would love to be empowered and make decisions on the ground without all the bureaucracy.

Body Cameras, hand held pilot computers would streamline charging suspects and issuing fixed payment fines with video evidence and photos attached to any subsequent charge.

This is the type of innovation we need to cut back office costs and allow more resources on the front line, we need substance and vision not Tigger!  Until next time

Paul Dendle is Arundel & Walberton s Ward member on Arun District Council. Email is cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Bypass Debate


There are always winners and losers in any debate, unfortunately the switch of a number of people and councils to support Route 5a over the Pink Blue (Option 3) or Option 1 has consequences to some communities .

Arun District Council’s Cabinet supported Route 5a, West Sussex County Councils Scrutiny meeting did the same, most Parish councils north of the Downs have supported 5a.

When I write this column, we are still awaiting for Littlehampton Town Councils decision and also Arundel towns Council,  

I have supported the Pink Blue route since I was elected in 2003, I have campaigned for it,  but during the debate it became evident that there was an obstacle to choosing that route because of several factors. 

Green lobbyists Successfully pushed for the South Downs National Park to be pushed south of the existing A27, also they lobbyied successfully to have Tortington Common (Re-Planted Conifers) to be designated as Ancient Woodland.

SDNPA have objected to all three options,  Option 1 would have destroyed 5.5 hectares of Ancient woodland, Option 3 - 26 hectares and Option 5a - 6 hectares.  But Highways England have committed to replace Ancient woodland at a ratio of 30 to 1, so if 5a is adopted then there would be the need to replant new indigenous forest of 182 hectares (bigger than the whole of Arundel put together).

This was all explained in a briefing by Highways England, but the real crux comes in the fast track infrastructure planning instrument that is being used for the bypass so it can start building in 2020.

The Secretary of State has a legal and binding duty not to go ahead with a route that cuts through Ancient woodland if there is an alternative that is less damaging, eg because Tortington Common is now Ancient woodland the SoS can’t push that through and has to opt for option 5a.

So the Green campaigners who successfully campaigned for Tortington Common to be redesignated to Ancient Woodland (Some of them from Binsted) will reap the results of that decision by having a bypass built close to the village.

Politically it would have been better for me to sit on the fence between Option 3 and Option 5a as many are doing, But I think it’s better to come out and say what I mean so I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that if we are to have an offline bypass then it will have to be 5a for the reasons stated, one caveat is I think we need a junction at Ford road to alleviate Yapton Lane traffic, 

I know I will lose votes for that decision at the next election, but I have always tried to give an honest view.

Until next month, Paul dendle is Ward member for Arundel and Walberton, email is cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Options

Vast majority prefer a offline by-pass.
The options have been announced and I have been talking to a number of residents in the course of my duties


Option One an online solution a dual carriageway through the middle of Arundel has only one good thing going for it and that is cost, on every other measure it’s a disaster for Arundel


The negatives are that it splits the town, it will cause a huge amount of disruption in it’s construction, it will bring traffic close to homes, it will have roads entering directly onto a dual carriageway and we have a huge foot bridge over Ford Roundabout.


But what is WSCC up to, buried in all the consultation documents was the following  on page 13, para 1.3.3, it says that Option 1 “incorporates the route suggested by WSCC”


This is the same WSCC who have always supported the Pink Blue route, but suddenly and clandestinely changed their policy without public debate, the same WSCC who said.  ”We at WSCC are taking a neutral position on the options pending more details becoming available”


So not quite so neutral as they postured and again WSCC  have meddled in the A27 Bypass, firstly at Chichester and now in Arundel,  Its not for WSCC to tell or suggest what Arundel needs, they need to follow their own words.I have asked for a Freedom of Information request to WSCC and the Highways agency, I will have the information by October.


Also I have heard from sources that the South Downs National will lay down in the road rather than let option 3 go ahead though the National park and “Ancient woodland”.  This is the same ancient woodland that has been cultivated every few years and is currently planted with conifers.  It seems the SDNP could live with 5a.


When the SDNP was set up, the original intention was to have the boundary as the A27, only after lobbying from campaigners was the park boundary pushed south of the A27 to cover the proposed Pink Blue route, the same place where make campaigners have been buying small plots of land to frustrate any Pink Blue (Option 3).


I support Option 3, I can not support option One, I don’t believe the SDNPA should have a veto on option 3, but I want an offline bypass, many people I have spoken to seem to want option 5a, this would not I believe be the best option, but the data from the documents seems to be pushing the argument in this direction.


There is an Arundel parish meeting been called by Arundel mayor Angela Standing at St Nicholas Church on the 25th of September at 7pm to discuss the Bypass options. I would advise arriving early

Until next month,  Paul Dendle is one of the District Councillors for Arundel & Walberton ward on Arun District Council.  Web site is www.pauldendle.org email address is cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Beware of this leaflet

Beware of the following leaflet, it's not an official leaflet from Arundel Town Council or Highways Agency, The town meeting takes place on the 25th of September, this is an attempt to hoodwink you by Anti Road groups, yes they have put at the bottom who it's printed by, but they could have made that clear in the headlines

Friday, 25 August 2017

Over Development- Sussex Local report for September

Satellite photo of the land at Fontwell by Dandara.
The news that the Secretary of State has approved the planning application for 400 homes at Fontwell came as a big shock, also the application by Renaissance Homes to apply for 45 retirement homes in Fitzalan Road, Arundel adds to the torrent of developers trying to build new homes.


In the last article I explained about Arun’s position regarding the Local Plan, because Arun only has less than 2 years land supply (Eg Sites with permission awaiting development) it makes defending against unwanted applications virtually impossible.


Arun should have secured the Local Plan back in 2009/2010 but the Cabinet Member at the time (Ricky Bower) delayed,  hoping to get a Conservative Government in place to reduce house building numbers,


I met with Renaissance, along with the Mayor Angela Standing and fellow Councillor Robert Wheal,  the developers are very aware of Aruns Predicament and are confident that they will get the application through.  To be fair to them they have reduced the number of homes that they were going to build and have taken a floor off the building as well as designing a more easy on the eye design.


They are giving £0.5M towards affordable housing and I asked if that could be ring fenced within the Parish of Arundel or close proximity?  The Developers have said that they will ask Arun to do that, but it’s down to Arun to make the final decision and something I will lobby the council to do.


Although Renaissance Homes have moved some way on the design and taken on board some of the wishes of residents, I made it clear that based on the current design and proposals that I would object as Ward Councillor to the application (Of course I have to give the assurance that I will keep an open mind if any new evidence comes along, to ensure that I am not ruled to have be predetermined when it comes to a vote),


By the time you read this the options for the Bypass will have been published, I understand there are three, a version of the Pink Blue, A Binstead option and an Online option.


You know my thoughts, I think the online version will ultimately mean a dual carriageway through the middle of Arundel, but it’s really important that you give your views to Highways England.  Also I want the Town Council to hold a public meeting to air the issues, I think it’s important that they organise it and not SCATE.

Until next month,  Paul Dendle is Ward Councillor for Arundel & Walberton Ward  his website address is www.arundel.pauldendle.net and email is cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Momentous decision Letter to Littlehampton Gazzette 24.8.17




(The Editor)
Littlehampton Gazette
Littlehampton

17th August 2017


Dear Editor


Re:  Momentous Decision for the A27 Arundel Bypass


I am writing this letter before the options are known,


Arundel desperately needs an offline bypass to take traffic away from the town and allow  drivers to navigate and get about their business without the constant inconvenience of the Arundel log jam.


This is an issue not just for Arundel, but for Littlehampton and Bognor Regis residents,  the economic future of the towns is reliant on a efficient road and rail system.


It's extremely important that the silent majority comes forward and gives their views, many anti road protestors are trying to hijack the debate pushing a narrow environmental argument,


But there is nothing green in hundreds of cars queuing and polluting the air of towns like Arundel, Storrington, there is nothing green with our villages and towns being plagued by rat runners.


This is an quality of life issue, places like Newbury are much better places now because they had a by-pass built,  which was opposed by the likes of Swampy.  So please give your views and do not be put off by the half truths of arguments being put forward by groups like SCATE.


Yours Sincerely


Cllr. Paul Dendle
Arundel & Walberton Ward

Member Arun District Council

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A27 Arundel By-Pass Options

onearundel.co.uk.
Well the day has come, three options on the table for a Arundel Bypass, all go through the South Downs National Park!

Option 1  (purple route as was known)  but now a Dual Carriageway through the middle of Arundel, how can anyone want this?

Option 3  (Pink Blue Route) Through Tortington Common, cutting through the re-planted conifers Major junctions at each end with flyovers and roundabouts, no junction at Ford road, just a bridge across Ford Road, with Ford Road still open to Ford and Climping.

Option 5a  (Binsted Route)  99.99% of all people don't want this route, it's a non runner and would destroy Binsted village, so a firm NO from me on this,

My preferred option is option 3, but that's my opinion, you have a chance to give yours, please do not let the noisier protagonists grab the news agenda, give your views and hopefully the silent majority will prevail! 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Taking the leader to task on the local plan

CPRE meeting from the littlehampton gazette. Link
There was a recent meeting organised by the CPRE (Campaign for rural England) regarding the housing numbers in Arun’s local plan, It has been reported that there was extreme anger at the situation that Arun residents find themselves in.

As some of you may know, I and my fellow Cabinet member colleague challenged (the Leader and the Deputy Leader) in a leadership contest in March,  Terry against the leader lost by 13 votes and I drew with the deputy Leader and on a second ballot  lost by 3 votes.

We were both duly removed from our Cabinet positions, not because of our abilities (We were two of the strongest performers)  but because our apparent “disloyalty”, we were both fired by email and I took umbrage at that as any good leader looks you in the eye and sacks you, the horror stories of being fired by text have been re-counted in recent media stories.

But worse than that I wasn’t put on any committees to challenge the executive, I said at Full Council that the voters of Arundel & Walberton were being disenfranchised by a act of revenge and that Loyalty was a two way street and I would not hesitate in holding the executive to account.

So as a result I have been asking public questions at Cabinet and will be asking questions at Full Council on the 12th of July.

I believe that the previous Cabinet member for Planning Ricky Bower has mismanaged the Local Plan process, so much so that Arun has spent twice as much as Chichester District Council  eg £1.8M pounds of your money!

Gill Brown as Leader has the sole right to appoint and sack Cabinet Members, which has been aptly demonstrated in my case, there has been a clamour for Ricky Bower to be sacked from his portfolio, but Gill Brown resisted keeping him in place and leaving us with a situation where we are looking at 1000+ houses to be built pa for Arun District.

I believe there is a risk that this will grow to 1200 houses plus and I have asked questions to the Leader if she would take personal responsibility if this situation occurred.  Unfortunately she ducked the question twice at Cabinet when I pushed her to answer.

I had another opportunity to ask a question at Full Council and I pressed the leader for an answer, she refused to answer any of questions. I believe I have a duty as ward member to ask these questions.  I will continue to press these points, Until next Month

Paul Dendle is Ward member for Arundel & Walberton Ward his email address is cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation announced

Dates for PUBLIC CONSULTATION 22nd August to 16th October 2017

A27 Arundel bypass
One of a package of 4 schemes to reduce congestion on the A27.
Region:  South East
Start date:  By the end of March 2020
Cost:  £100 million to £250 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:   Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:   A27 schemes

Progress report
We will be running a public consultation from 22nd August to 16th October 2017. There will be public exhibition events during this period.
What next?
Nearer the time, we will write to local residents to inform them of the locations and dates of these public exhibitions. We will also advertise in local media and publish details on this web site.
Timeline
Date Event
2015 A27 Corridor Feasibility Study
March 2015 Roads Investment Strategy (RIS)
Summer 2017 Have your say

Why we need this scheme
The Arundel section of the A27 lacks road and junction capacity. As a result it suffers from congestion, particularly junctions at Crossbush, The Causeway and Ford Road. Planned growth along the wider A27 corridor is likely to worsen the problem and at present there’s no proposal for public transport provision that would have a positive impact on traffic levels. This scheme aims to reduce congestion through Arundel by means of a new dual carriageway bypass. The bypass would link together the two existing dual carriageway sections of the A27 either side of Arundel. We are also assessing alternative options including online junction improvements. These proposals are subject to consultation with the National Parks Authority, Local Government and the public.
Aims
The objectives for the scheme are to:
• improve capacity of the A27 whilst supporting local planning authorities to manage the impact of planned growth
• reduce congestion, reduce travel time and improve journey time reliability along the A27
• improve the safety of travellers along the A27 and consequently the wider local road network
• improve accessibility for all users to local services and facilities
• deliver a scheme that minimises environmental impact and seeks to protect and enhance the quality of the surrounding environment through its high quality design
• respect the South Downs National Park and its special qualities in our decision-making

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Press Release from WSCC re the A259, A284 (Lyminster Bypass) and A280 (Angmering Bypass)

Contractor named for major A259 improvement work

West Sussex County Council has announced its choice of contractor to design and build major improvements to the A259 north of Littlehampton.

VolkerFitzpatrick won the contract to complete the scheme, which will see sections of the A259 become dual carriageway between the new Fitzalan Link Road and the A280 roundabout.

The changes will ease congestion, shorten journey times and make it easier to reach new housing and workplaces.

The full list of improvements includes:

• Dual carriageway between new Fitzalan Link Road and the Body Shop roundabout in both directions;
• Dual carriageway between Station Road, Angmering and A280 roundabout in both directions;
• Wider approaches and improved road markings at Station Road, Body Shop and A280;
• New pedestrian/cycle paths.

Works are scheduled to start in summer 2018 and last up to 18 months.

West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Bob Lanzer, said: “Now we have our contractor on board we can start making progress on this hugely significant scheme.

“Once built there will be greater highway capacity to call upon, reducing congestion and journey times. 

“Motorists will know with greater certainty how long it will take to get through the A259 each day.”

VolkerFitzpatrick and its design consultants Tony Gee will work with the County Council over the coming months to develop detailed designs.

Chris Evans, managing director of VolkerFitzpatrick’s civils division, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to work with West Sussex County Council on this scheme. This new highway infrastructure will make travelling through the county less time-consuming for local residents and visitors alike.”

The project is one of a number of major schemes being developed to improve infrastructure in the Arun area over the next three years. 

Others include the new A284 Lyminster bypass, a new cycle route on the A259 between Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, and traffic improvements in Angmering


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Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass

Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass