Thursday, 14 July 2016

Why I’m encouraging everyone to have their say about the Highways England proposals to improve the A27 at Chichester

After a very long wait, I am pleased to say that today Highways England has published a number of different ways improvements to the A27 at Chichester could be made and launched the start of a 10-week public consultation that asks people their views.

We’ve campaigned for years, decades in fact, about the need for this vital trunk road to be given the sort of investment from government that recognises its importance to the economic prosperity of our county.

There are now five multi-million pound options before us all to consider.

Over the next 10 weeks, Highways England will hold 14 public exhibitions across the Chichester area where people can find out more about each of the different proposals and the effect they might have. These exhibitions are really important as it allows everyone to study the plans for the five options and speak to the consultants who will be in attendance and available to answer questions or explain the rationale behind the options.

So please, please get involved, go to the exhibitions, study the options consider what is on offer make your views known by giving your feedback . If you think none of them are right for Chichester, tell Highways England – your views are important.

We know that although these proposals relate to how the junctions at Chichester could be improved, the impact of better traffic flow along this stretch of the road will touch many people, businesses and families who live outside of the district as well. So, please if you can, let them know about it too.

For those who are wondering about the Arundel and Worthing sections of the A27 – they are not forgotten. Highways England are currently working on options open to them and we understand will be consulting late Spring 2017.

This is very much the first stage.

Behind the scenes we’ve worked hard with Highways England to negotiate this 10-week public consultation.

Usually these types of consultations are only open for six weeks but we  knew residents were concerned about a six-week consultation and we really didn’t feel that gave people enough time to fully consider the proposals and come to an informed view about which one, if any, they might support.

Our role, as West Sussex County Council, is now much like yours. We will fully scrutinise each of the different options put forward and make our official response to Highways England like everyone else.

You can get more information on the Highways England website about the options, public exhibitions, and how you can make your views known.
 
Best wishes,
Louise

2 comments:

  1. Louise - one assumes you will be backing the very best of the five options presented given you have so publicly campaigned for the funding to be secured for improvements to the existing road.
    WSCC need to make a public positive response to seize the opportunity now to get the best road improvement while the money is available.

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    1. Thanks very much for your comment. It’s always nice to receive comments on my blog.

      I agree that getting the right package of improvements to this stretch of a road is vital for West Sussex. We are currently analysing all the options put forward by Highways England. Our response to the consultation will be discussed and debated at our Environmental and Community Services Select Committee on September 15.

      This meeting is open to the public and I hope you will be able to join us to hear the debate.

      With best wishes
      Louise

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