Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Arundel Bypass Options and consultation

Well, the ‘anti-bypass’ brigade have 
achieved what we all feared - that is, 
the prospect of a full double carriageway 
through the centre of historic Arundel.  
With the help of the SDPA (South Downs 
National Park) Chairman Margaret Paren, 
OBE and Emma Tristram’s (Binsted) 
judicial reviews, we have the devastating 
threat of a full-blown dual carriageway.

I always thought the mythical purple route 
was a Trojan horse for an online dual 
carriageway when over 70% of the 
population want an offline bypass. 
Highways England (HE) have been less 
than honest in putting forward the two 
online options (Beige and Cyan) as the 
government never asked them for an 
offline solution.  

So my advice to everyone filling out the 
consultation document is put neither when 
asked to choose between Beige and Cyan.

Of the four other routes, the Grey route is 
far too expensive,and more importantly, 
goes too close to Walberton so this seems to 
be an obvious route to reject out of hand.

The Crimson route (old Pink Blue) will 
never get built as it contravenes the 
government's own rules and the Secretary 
of State would not  able to choose this by law.

So that really just leaves two options: 
Amber and Magenta. Looking closely at 
these options, on balance, I would opt for 
Magenta as it skirts the SDNP and only 
sacrifices 3.51 hectares of ancient woodland 
(remember HE have confirmed they would 
plant new trees at a ratio of 8-1 for 
woodland sacrificed) .  

It is not ideal, but it’s the least worst and if 
we can get the junction at Ford Road that 
only caters for south bound traffic to and 
from Littlehampton to protect Yapton Lane 
and Walberton, but also to create enclave 
around Ford Road and surrounding streets 
with no through traffic (ie. no junction to 
the north to Arundel) then I think this 
will get majority consensus across the area.

But the really important thing is that you 
give your views and don’t let the 
malcontents stop the bypass.  

Unfortunately, the Judicial reviews and 
the new consultation has now pushed back 
delivery of the bypass to 2026 (four year 
delay) thanks to the Chairman of
 the SDNPA, Margaret Paren, OBE who has 
successfully avoided public meetings and 
interviews (and is also unelected) and 
worst of all does not think she is subject to 
public scrutiny!
Route Options.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Arundel Riverbank work coming

River Arun.

The long awaited  £4.7M Arundel river bank repairs 
to the River Road are due to commence in October 
this year, I'm not sure every householder in the 
surrounding area realises the disruption this might 
cause especially to parking places in Arun street.
Work on the scheme is due to start on Monday 
21 October 2019 and will last until 28 May 2020. 
It will comprise 4 separate parts:

a.       River Road – 21 Oct 19 to 28 May 20

b.      Fitzalan Road Wall – 5 Nov 19 to 10 Feb 20

c.       The Embankment near the Southern Water Ford Road 
Pumping Station - 6 Apr 20 to 30 Apr 20

d.      The Embankment at the southern end of Fitzalan Road
– 29 Apr 20 to 20 May 20

The traffic implications of the scheme, particularly regarding 
the access to the River Road works by heavy transport. The 
contractors, Team Van OOrd (TVO), have produced a draft 
transport plan, but although the first version was written in 
February, there has so far been very little local coordination.

Thanks to Town Councillor Tony Hunt and  Derek Waller 
(Town Councils Flood Advisor), they are  trying to ensure 
that the inevitable adverse impacts on the Town’s roads 
and parking arrangements are minimised. Tony and Derek 
had a meeting with the EA and TVO in July in which they 
raised a whole series of points, and I am pleased to say 
that EA and TVO have agreed to re-write the draft 
transport plan.

The objective is to ensure that traffic disruption is avoided 
where possible, whilst accepting that the advantages of this 
£4.7m scheme are too good to miss, especially the River 
Road element.

The main contractors’ site will be in the lower Mill Road 
Car Park, with supplementary sites in the River Road Car 
Park and in Arun Street Garden. As a result, the River Road 
Car Park will be out of use for the duration of the project, 
and there will be parking restrictions in Arun Street and at 
its junction with Tarrant Street. There will also be periodic 
disruption to traffic in Surrey Street as well as in the lower 
end of Tarrant Street. Later on there will inevitably be some 
disruption to traffic and parking in Fitzalan Road and in the 
Malthouse Close car park.

I am highlighting the issue for individual house and car 
owners, as well as the community at large, everyone needs 
to be aware of the project’s implications, eg forewarned is 

Until Next Month, Paul Dendle is the Arundel & Walberton 
District Councillor on Arun District and also the Economic 
Spokesperson for the Conservative group. His email is 

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

August Sussex Local article

Interesting times at Arun District Council, we the 
Conservative opposition are setting the pace and 
challenging a number of bewildering decisions as 
well as holding the LibDem Cabinet’s feet to the fire.

I have met with the Green Councillors and am working 
closely on some shared objectives, cross party working 
is something new , but although we don’t agree on some 
fairly important things, we do agree on a lot and I’m 
pleased to work with them.

At a recent Overview Committee we were vigorous in 
asking questions and putting down recommendations. 
I managed to get the Recycling target increased from 
40% to 50% (This was passed unanimously) and the 
building target for Councils own  stock increased from
 25 homes per annum to 35 homes per annum. 
(This would have been unanimous Independents and 
Greens supported it but 3 Lib Dem councillors voted 
against this).

Lib Dem’s in the past have been notorious for not turning 
up to meetings, it has been discovered that some Cabinet 
members had not met with their officers a good month 
after taking up position, bearing in mind they are being 
paid a Special responsibility allowance to be Cabinet 
members and should be doing the job properly.

We have also heard some worrying things that may happen, 
there is the desire by the Lib Dem Cabinet to re-open the 
Local plan, this could cost between £1M-£2M and suck up 
valuable  officer time for the next 3-4years.

There was also a large scale consultation about to take 
place in Bognor Regis regarding The Sunken Gardens
redevelopment,  The LibDems want to cancel the 
consultation at a potential cost of £320k, my groups 
attitude is that the consultation should go ahead as there 
is nothing wrong with asking people want they want.

With the Cabinet system you should have collective 
responsibility where as the Cabinet speak with one voice, 
but the Lib Dem’s deputy leader Francis Oppler has voted 
against the leader in a  recent meeting giving the impression 
of a Cabinet in chaos. Francis Oppler has desires to be leader 
and appears to be undermining the Leader James Walsh 
for personal ambition.

The first real Full Council is on the 17th of July, I write this 
column around the 7th of the month, so I  will report the 
outcome of that meeting in next months article.

Until next month,  Paul Dendle is one of the Arundel & 
Walberton Ward members and is the spokesperson for the 
Conservative group on the economy. His email is 

Thursday, 18 July 2019

landmark motion to ensure Aruns Housing is made Green

Wednesday the 17th Full Council, Arun Conservatives put forward a landmark motion regarding green measures for Housing

Arun Conservative Group: Conservatives landmark motion to ensure Aruns Hous...: The Conservative group put a motion to Full  Council last night which was ground breaking,  we agreed to an amendment to that mot...

Monday, 24 June 2019

Green future for Arun?

Green blue.

Arun met for the first full council on the 16th
of May,the coalition is now formed, made up
of 22 Lib Dem’s 7 independent and two
Green Councillors. The Conservatives with 21
Councillors  are in opposition and have formed
a group of spokespeople to speak on different
portfolios. I am the spokesperson for the
economy which would include issues like the
Arundel bypass, the Arundel Chord (a rail link
for the Arun valley line to connect for traffic to
the east), economic and business development.

As you know I've always been interested in
protecting the environment I'm a green
Conservative, advocating environmental issues
from a centre right perspective(Green Blue).
I believe there's now opportunity to push
forward policies that help the environment
unlocking changes for the next 20 or 30 years.

There is talk by Arun’s Cabinet of declaring a
Climate Emergency.

My attitude is talk is cheap,rather than pointless
gesture politics by declaring a climate

we need practical policies to make our district

I would advocate that now we have the local
plan we give supplementary guidance to
builders for environmental improvements on
new houses, we should be building houses
with PV solar panels, improved insulation,
community ground source heat pumps and
places forrecycling bins to be stored within
the design.

I’m putting my money where my mouth is and
I have a motion going to full Council on the
17th of July asking the Council to implement
all the above. I fully expect the LibDems to
support the motion, but this will put them to
the test.

I am also advocating for Coastal lagoons to
store tidal water and  generate electricity
at key points in the day at 6pm where you
get a bigger bang for your buck.

We need more cycle paths especially the one
along Ford road and a new car park at Ford
station to utilise an underused asset to reduce
commuting by car.

But as a committed environmentalist I also
support an offline bypass to ensure cars can
drive at the most environmentally beneficial
speed and taking traffic away from our towns
and villages.

As I’m writing this I’m about to attend a
briefing by Highways England regarding the
different routes, the key issue with the Arundel
bypass willbe making sure there's a junction to
the south at Ford road  to alleviate any need
for traffic to go up and down Yapton lane,
also ensuring its far enough away from Walberton.

The Binsted demonstrators have ensured that
Option 3(Pink Blue)  can not now be built as
the Secretary of State can not choose that
route if there is an another route which
sacrifices less ancient woodland.

Until next month
Paul Dendle is one of the Arundel and Walberton
District Councillor on Arun District,
his email: cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk
and website is pauldendle.org

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Friday, 17 May 2019

Sunday, 5 May 2019

The People of Arun have spoken

Arun Local Elections.
The election results are in and the people have spoken.  Politics at Arun are changing and, as your Councillor, I want to do my best for you, but firstly I have to say thank you for all those who have voted for me. I hope I can repay your trust with hard work and dedication.

I was elected with my colleague, Grant Roberts. Unfortunately my colleague, Robert Wheal, was pipped at the post by the Green Candidate by 32 votes. Robert worked particularly hard on the campaign, so my heartfelt thanks to him.

My thanks also goes out to all those in the team who worked hard on the election, in particular to our agent, Gary Markwell and Chairman Geoff Thorpe.

I have always put my heart and soul into being a Councillor, but I have to admit that I didn’t really work very hard at this election due to Theresa May and her handling of politics at a national level.

I really want to see the Prime Minister move on and allow a different leader to be installed.

Analysis on a District level is broken down as follows: Arun's Conservative group was reduced from 42 Councillors to 21, losing overall control and because the Lib Dems were the largest group at 22 members, it allows them first crack to form an administration.  There were 8 Independents, 2 Greens and 1 Labour candidate making a total of 54 Councillors.

The electorate have given the Conservatives in Arun and nationally a kick up the backside, This proves democracy works, however, without taking away the achievement of the Lib Dems there were a lot of wild promises made locally, particularly in Bognor Regis.

They now have an opportunity to form an administration at Arun. Whether they step up to the task is still yet to be known. A test of their competence will be if they can form an administration that works, but we know that Lib Dems tend to tax more and spend more, so as tax payers we have to worry about what they do with our money.

Also, they have been very poor at turning up to meetings and scrutinising the Council's business. It is easy to grandstand at Full Council meetings when the press are there, but not so easy to turn up on a rainy night and do the hard work.  Will their attendance record improve? Again the jury’s out on that.

Arun’s Conservatives have managed the finances very well with good balances and working within budgets. Will the Lib Dems do this? Or will they spend monies recklessly and damage the current good financial position?

One thing you can be assured of is we, the Conservative group, will scrutinise them and ensure democracy works to the benefit of the taxpayer.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Vote for my petition to solve the Brexit crisis

I have decided to promote a petition to get round the shocking lack of political leadership by Westminster

My petition would allow us to leave tomorrow, The DUP would support it and even some of the hardline Brexiteers could, as well as many Labour MP's in leave constituency's

“Join EFTA (Norway) now for max of 2yrs whilst we negotiate FreeTradeDeal with EU”


Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Candidate for Arundel & Walberton Ward

Blue Flag Beach at Littlehampton.
I am standing again for the Arundel & Walberton ward as your Councillor, I have been a Conservative Councillor since 2003 and worked hard for the residents of the Arundel and Walberton ward.

Because of Brexit and Theresa May,  I know a lot of voters have little time for the Conservative party,  and there is a movement to punish all Conservative Candidates for the PM's actions. This I fully understand, I do not support Theresa May and have been very critical of her as Conservative leader.

My record stands on its own merit, but I would say vote for the Candidate and not necessarily for the party.  

My personal manifesto is as follows

1)  Support and lobby for an offline Arundel bypass with a junction for Ford Road to help with the Yapton Lane Junction

2)  Keep the weekly refuse collections and boost Recycling

3)  Control Over development and support affordable Housing for our young people

4)  Support Sustainable Public transport, create a new free car park at Ford Railway Station

5)  Create a new cycle/footpath along Ford Road for Ford our children who walk and cycle to the station

You have a vote, if you think I have done a good job then please vote for me, if you don't then vote for one of the other Candidates, but most importantly vote!

Support an Offline Bypass

Support an Offline Bypass
Arundel desperately needs an offline bypass

Arundel video

Should Councillors be more active on Social Media

Your Council

Your Council
Arun District Councillors first meeting after election

Need a hotel

Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass

Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass