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      Why tolerate Tarmac-geddon in the countryside?

      14th Nov 2017
      Article in The Guardian by Patrick Barkham, 13.11.17 - click here to read online.  Also published on paper as 'The Road to Rural Oblivion'.  Read Patrick's article below.   ABNC review of this article:  Nature journalist Patrick Barkham has 'grasped the nettle' here. The discovery by Mid Arun Valley ...Read More...

      Biggest roads demo since 1990s opposes Binsted route

      11th Oct 2017
      A ‘Save Binsted’ protest event, against Option 5A for the A27 Arundel Bypass, took place on 8 October.  It was organised by Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee (ABNC), with the help of 28 volunteer marshals from Binsted, Walberton and Tortington.   Attendees included residents from Binsted, Walberton, Yapton, Fontwell,...Read More...

      Butterfly Conservation Slams Bypass Options 5A and 3

      3rd Oct 2017
      __________________________________________________________________________________ www.sussex-butterflies.org.uk President Sir David Attenborough CH, FRS Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation Response by Butterfly Conservation Summary Having thoroughly reviewed the plans to improve the A27 at Arundel, including site visits to assess th...Read More...

      To save West Sussex, Not to Destroy it

      29th Sep 2017
      On Thursday 28 Sept, we presented a petition to WSCC’s Environment and Community Services Select Committee. Over 2200 petitioners had asked the County Council to reject the Bypass through Binsted, now called ‘Option 5A’. Representatives also spoke from Walberton Parish Council, Tortington Local Community, ArundelSCATE and OneArund...Read More...

      A dozen reasons to object to Arundel Bypass Option 5A

      29th Sep 2017
      1. It would ruin a beautiful area of the South Downs National Park where Binsted Woods (250 acres, ancient, broadleaved, huge, wonderful and mysterious) meet many good footpaths leading from coastal villages and towns. . 2. It would severely impact the very rich wildlife of Binsted Woods by destroying woodland and cutting off the Woods from their ...Read More...

      South Downs Society Open Letter - Arundel Bypass

      26th Sep 2017
        This open letter by the Society's Chairman, David Sawyer, was sent to the press 26.09.17: Dear Sirs (for publication) Arundel bypass WSCC members are being invited to back an expensive new bypass option for Arundel which is sure to increase traffic levels, add to congestion on the A27 at Chichester and Worthing, cause huge environme...Read More...

      Highways England gets it all Wrong over Option 5A

      24th Sep 2017
      Option 5A is being mis-appraised in the current consultation due to wrong facts, and inadequate and misleading ecological, community, traffic and landscape impact assessments.   All of these together have resulted in understatement of costs (especially mitigation), overstatement of benefits, and understatement of the adverse impacts in th...Read More...

      New Film shows true Impact of Arundel Bypass

      11th Sep 2017
      ABNC Press Release issued 11.9.17 Campaigners fighting plans for a new bypass through protected Sussex countryside have produced a revealing 'bird’s eye view' film which they say proves the proposal is far more damaging than Highways England is suggesting.   The proposal, which is one of three possible options being consider...Read More...

      Anger as Highways England ‘airbrushes’ inconvenient Sussex beauty spots

      5th Sep 2017
      ABNC PRESS RELEASE 05.09.17 Angry campaigners say Highways England’s Public Consultation on the Arundel Bypass is meaningless due to a series of documentary flaws which ‘airbrush out’ acres of ancient woodland and ‘conveniently move’ an important heritage site. The campaigners who are based in the tiny rural vil...Read More...

      Will Ancient Woodland legislation be lethal for Binsted Woods?

      2nd Sep 2017
      Because of Highways England’s misleading maps and omissions, the AW (Ancient Woodland) designation may cause the destruction of part of Binsted Woods, part of the National Park, and Binsted village by Option 5A.   If this happens it will be a famous, scandalous case of a planning regulation – ‘Protect AW’ – c...Read More...

      A Binsted Route would be the Most Controversial

      11th Aug 2017
      The Binsted option for the Arundel A27 would devastate two communities, Binsted and Tortington. Binsted Village www.binsted.org is a historic village going back beyond Domesday, with moot mound and Roman road and regular village events Binsted is a magical, tranquil place and people fall in love with it.  It’s a popular recreational wa...Read More...

      Why would Highways even consider a route through Binsted Village?

      5th Aug 2017
      It is the longest and most expensive route for an A27 Arundel Bypass, and the most damaging to rural communities and, arguably, the environment.  So how did we get into this pickle in the first place?  It is a bit of a chicken-and-egg question.  Which came first: The National Park boundary leaving out half of Binsted? Or, a rout...Read More...

      Celebrating Strawberry Fair - & Saving It

      28th Jul 2017
      Binsted Village celebrated their 30th Strawberry Fair last Sunday 23rd July, welcoming the wider community in to enjoy this unique village.  More than a thousand visitors on a Sunday afternoon had a periodic wetting but still they came.  It was a joyous occasion and they raised over £6000 for charities Water Aid (appropriately!...Read More...

      Butterfly walks through Binsted

      19th Jul 2017
      No bypass through Binsted!  Public Consultation Run-Up Blog no.1 Classic butterfly walks would be destroyed Sunday 2 July was a little early to be looking for the Purple Emperor butterfly.   But my two American guests were leaving the next day, so I led them out into a boiling afternoon at 2 pm, the hottest part of the day, since I...Read More...

      Highways need a more realistic and affordable plan

      22nd Mar 2017
      "The Department for Transport and Highways England need to agree a more realistic and affordable plan", says the National Audit Office's report on the progress of the Roads Investment Strategy 2015-20, out today.  Click here to read the report.  #arundelbypass #a27...Read More...

      CPRE guest blog: landmark report says new roads increase congestion

      20th Mar 2017
      Responding to the release of a report by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) which found most new roads failed to reduce congestion and actually increased traffic instead, Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said: "This landmark report confirms lots of previous research which shows th...Read More...

      Highways' March 2017 South Coast Central Strategy

      16th Mar 2017
      Click here to read Highways England's new March 2017 South Coast Central Strategy...Read More...

      What's the National Park Authority's view on A27 improvements in Sussex?

      4th Jan 2017
      On January 3, 2017, the South Downs National Park Authority posted the article below titled 'A27: Breaking the Bottleneck' on their website. With regard to Arundel, this statement is relevant:  "We have also reminded Highways England of the ‘major development’ test. The National Planning Policy Framework makes it clea...Read More...

      What's happening about the Arundel Bypass?

      14th Dec 2016
      Highways England’s ‘Options Identification’ period for the Arundel Bypass has come to an end.   They will now prepare their selected ‘Options’ for a ‘public consultation’ next summer, like the one about the Chichester bypass this summer.   Will Highways England tell the public what ‘Op...Read More...

      Richard Williamson walks the Walk

      13th Dec 2016
      On 1st December the county's favourite nature writer Richard Williamson wrote, in the Littlehampton Gazette, about a walk in Binsted and Tortington woods. I have been on another ramble through these woods just west of Arundel to remind myself of what will be carved up if the proposed new Arundel bypass is given the go-ahead.  ... You ma...Read More...
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