Battle in the Media
At the heart of the A27 Arundel Bypass controversy are two key strategic issues for us and for future generations:
- the demands of energy-consumptive and polluting free market mobility, versus
- the need to protect an integrated patchwork of diverse habitats and community life.
The special qualities of the South Downs National Park, especially in the Binsted area, are regarded by many as too precious to sacrifice for a 5-10 minute average journey time improvement.
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15.9.17 Littlehampton Gazette: Leaked email reveals ArunDC CEO recommendations re A27
15.9.17 Littlehampton Gazette: Could tunnels plan solve traffic woes?
14.9.17 Chichester Observer: Walk and talk about the Arundel Bypass
14.9.17 Littlehampton Gazette: Arundel Group in surprise Bypass backing switch
13.9.17 SpiritFM Article: Campaigners say Arundel Bypass plan is 'far more damaging' than Highways admit
13.9.17 Littlehampton Gazette (& Chichester Observer): Videos article: Take a look at A27 bypass options
11.9.17 ABNC Press Release: New Film shows true Impact of Arundel Bypass
11.9.19 ITV News: 'Possible Routes Announced for Arundel Bypass' including Highways' video animations
11.9.17 Worthing Herald "Wildlife Trust chief hits out at A27 improvement 'vanity projects'
10.9.17 The Argus: "More roads just mean more cars"
6.9.17 The Argus: 'Residents rage over ignored Heritage site' in A27 Arundel Bypass Scheme'
26.8.17 Chichester Observer - Plans for A27 improvement at Arundel have proved divisive
24.8.17 The Argus: Plans for (Arundel) A27 Bypass Routes threaten Bats and Dormice
23.08.17 CPRE Sussex Press Release: "Arundel Bypass Options based on Outdated Thinking"
22.08.17 ITV video news: Campaigners vow to oppose Arundel Bypass
22.8.17 CBT press release: Campaigners call for A27 Arundel Rethink
22.8.17 BBC News: Arundel Bypass Options unveiled
22.8.17 Littlehampton Gazette: A27 Options Finally Revealed
13.8.17 Littlehampton Gazette article: "Lively debate over bypass in town council meeting"
25.7.17 Littlehampton Gazette article: "Punnets of Fun in Binsted raises Thousands for Charity" with news on the Bypass threat. Similar article in Bognor Regis Observer.
14.7.17 Littlehampton Gazette article: "Strawberry Fair again in the Shadow of Bypass Threat" (also in Bognor Observer and in West Sussex Gazette)
21.6.2017 Littlehampton Gazette article: "A walk in the woods to protest possible bypass"
23.3.17 Littlehampton Gazette Letter: "Issues with route claims"
22.3.17 BBC News: "England road schemes 'could be scrapped' over value for money"
21.03.17 Littlehampton Gazette letter: "Enjoy Ancient Woodland" - and don't airbrush out the Tortington community
16.03.17 Worthing Herald 16 Mar 17
A27: 'Campaigners say upgrades must help local, not just through-traffic'
16.03.17 Worthing Herald 16 Mar 17 Worthing-Lancing A27 a 'safety gamble already' say residents
14.03.17 Littlehampton Gazette: A27 bypass to 'sever' ancient woodlands from Arundel?
08.03.17 West Sussex Gazette: Campaigners warn Arundel's A27 plans are also controversial
09.03.17 Littlehampton Gazette: Arundel Bypass under threat? Campaigners say too 'controversial'
08.03.17 Littlehampton Gazette: Arundel Bypass under threat after sister plans scrapped?
08.03.17 Bognor Regis Observer: Arundel Bypass under threat after sister plans scrapped?
06.03.17 Press release by Arundel A27 Forum: Arundel Bypass 'just as "Controversial", Minister warned
02.03.17 Editorial in Chi Observer by Gary Shipton: This is not the end of the Road - it's the start of something Better
01.03.17 Chichester Observer: Greens welcome Chichester A27 scheme being dropped
01.03.17 Chichester Observer: Chichester 'lost confidence in A27 scheme', MP Andrew Tyrie says
08.02.17 Article in The Times: Missing £800M threatens upgrades to busiest roads
02.02.17 ORR seeks improvement on Highways England's Capital Planning, ...
01.12.16 Richard Williamson article in Littlehampton Gazette: "what will be carved up if new Arundel bypass is given the go-ahead"
28.08.16 ABNC Press Release: Horror at New Bypass Video
28.08.16 "Bypass - Bending the Truth" Sussex Local Article & ABNC blog reply
29.07.16 Littlehampton Gazette article, also in West Sussex Gazette: Drone Video Taken to Boost Anti-Bypass Campaign
25.07.16 Article in Littlehampton Gazette & Bognor Regis Observer & West Sussex Today:
"Record turnout at Binsted's Strawberry Fair under Threat from Bypass"
24.07.16 SpiritFM article: "2000 against Arundel Bypass"
18.07.16 ABNC press release: Thousands Join Fight to Save Village
6.07.16 SpiritFM article: Arundel Campaigners Petition Against Bypass
15.06.16 Littlehampton Gazette Article: Consultation date for A27 denied by Highways officials; Cllr Norman Dingemans proposes Binsted option should be dropped now
09.06.2016 ABNC Press Release: Archers plot takes cruel twist in Sussex Village
28.05.2016 The Argus article: Arundel Bypass route would be 'death' of Binsted Village
27.05.2016 SpiritFM article: 'Secret' plans for Arundel Bypass
27.05.2016 BBC Radio Sussex Breakfast Lead Story on Local Radio Day: Secret A27 route through Binsted Village & Woods revealed
26.05.2016 Kent & Sussex Courier article: Arundel Bypass will cause "death" of ancient Sussex village
13.05.2016 Chichester Observer article - the financial cost of dropped Offline Bypass options reinforces the right decision
21.04.2016 West Sussex Gazette letter: "Don't just focus on one main road"
06.04.2016 West Sussex Gazette article – ‘High level’ economic study to assess the impact of A27 plans on South Downs National Park
23.03.16 Andrew Tyrie MP asks DfT Andrew Jones MP "can you provide the cost of the planned improvements to the Arundel and Worthing sections of the A27 and the likely period over which they will be completed?"
25.05.16 ABNC Press Release: Secret Arundel Bypass plans would mean 'death' of Binsted village
8.3.16 ABNC press release featured by media including: West Sussex Gazette, South News, Chichester Observer, Bognor Observer, Worthing Herald, Shoreham Herald, West Sussex County Times, Midhurst & Petworth Observer,
8.3.16 ABNC Press Release on the Chichester A27 Announcement - "Now do the same for Arundel"
3.3.16 Chichester Observer article: Confirmed - A27 Chichester North Routes Dropped
... and, after more controversy, ...
9.2.16 Chichester Observer article re: How neutral is Pieter Montyn, A27 special adviser to WSCC?
26.1.16 Bognor Observer letter: "barbarity of the northern options compared with the alternatives"
26.1.16 SpiritFM article: Leaders say A27 Consultation 'Still not good enough'
26.1.16 Chi Obs article: Criticism as A27 Consultation Extended - by just one week
26.1.16 Chi Obs letter: Time for Council to 'march on last orders'
24.1.16 Chi Obs letter: We are Guardians
22 Jan 2016 ITV news: Kate Mosse - Fears new bypass could destroy ancient habitat
22 Jan 2016 Chi Obs article: South Downs Society to fight A27 Expressway plan
21 Jan 2016 SpiritFM: Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie backs longer A27 consultation
20 Jan 2016 SpiritFM article: Chichester northern bypass is a 'Road to Ruin'
13 Jan 2016 Bognor Obs article: “Currently Goodwood generates something in the region of £240m a year of economic value for the economy and we believe a northern expressway will put much, if not all, of that at risk”
13 Jan 2016 Spirit FM: Goodwood Bosses Against New Northern Bypass
13 Jan 2016 Chi Observer article: WSCC call for 12 week consultation on Chichester A27
11 January 2016 Chi Obs letter: Bypass situation is a worrying mess
10 January 2016 Chi Obs letter: North bypass will have a severe impact
9 January 2016 Chi Obs letter: "bully-boy tactics"
9 January 2016 Chichester Observer Comment: Why we decided to publish the A27 Route Maps
8 January 2016 Chi Obs letter: Let us hope that ... the existing A27 is improved
8 January 2016 SpiritFM REVEALED: draft maps of all the Chichester Options
(also on Chichester Observer and Worthing Herald and Portsmouth News)
8 January 2016 BBC South Today Video: How do you solve the problem on the A27?
7 January 2016 Chichester Obsr: 'The A27 must only be improved along the current route'
- say four Parish Councils
7 January 2016 Chichester Observer: Four more letters against a Chichester North Bypass
7 January 2016 Chichester Observer article 'Highways bosses 'not that bright' in handling of A27'
7 January 2016 Chichester Observer letter calling for More Information and Transparency
7 January 2016 Chichester Observer letter 'A27 Plans must be released now'
7 January 2016 Chichester Observer article 'Still in the dark over A27 Plans'
7 January 2016 Worthing Herald report: Mott Macdonald accused of ineptitude over A27 plans
(same story also in Bognor Observer, Chichester Observer and Littlehampton Gazette)
6 January 2016 SpiritFM report: A27 Meeting Packed to Rafters
30 December 2015 WSGazette Letters: Bypass turn town to urban island / Don't destroy countryside
24 December 2015 Chichester Observer & SpiritFM campaign - A27: Tell Us The Facts
24 December 2015 Chichester Observer Letters: 'Hidden Agenda' by Dr M Tucker
23 December 2015 West Sussex Gazette letters page 'Living in Fear' re Chichester Northern Bypass
17 December 2015 SpiritFM MP Andrew Tyrie says No to Chichester Northern Bypass
17 December 2015 Chi Obs Article Most traffic would not use a north Chichester bypass
17 December 2015 Chi Obs Article Lord March and Rolls Royce oppose Chi north bypass
17 December 2015 Chi Obs Article Spirit FM call 'Join the Fight'
17 December 2015 Chi Obs Article WSCC join call for more openness by Highways England
17 December 2015 Chi Obs Article 'Chichester Deserves Better' call for Truth
10 December 2015 Bognor Regis Observer article: Why are we being kept in the dark over A27?
8 December 2015 Spirit FM News: Controversial Plans to Build Bypass Through Chichester
28 Oct 2015 West Sussex Gazette letter: Greens could support shorter new road section
25 Oct 2015 Chichester Observer letter: A27 Solutions
14 Oct 2015 West Sussex Gazette letter "A27 - the Green Solution"
30 Sep 2015 West Sussex Gazette front page article 'Bypass plan for busy A27 - Aim is to end the congestion in West Sussex'
23 July 2015 Littlehampton Gazette article 'Strawberry Fair Fields Not Forever, Bypass Group Warns'
9 July 2015 Chi Observer article 'An A27 Bypass North of Chichester'
18 June 2015 Letter in Brighton & Hove Argus "Improving the A27 isn’t just about speeding up journeys at any cost, it has to work better for communities and for the environment"
30 April 2015 Article Littlehampton Gazette report on Environmental Hustings
23 April 2015 Letters in Littlehampton Gazette "We need help to fight road threat"
22 April 2015 ABNC letter in West Sussex Gazette re Labour's bypass review promise
20 April 2015 Brighton Argus article - Labour hits back at PM over Arundel
16 April 2015 - Labour realises damage Arundel's bypass would cause
15 April 2015 ABNC Press Release 'Villagers welcome Labour stance on bypass environment issues'
10 April 2015 Littlehampton Gazette Readers Letter 'Insulting Tosh'
18 March 2015 Arundel SCATE Press Release criticising A27 Feasibility Study Report
14 March 2015 The Argus - Tale of Two Counties
March 2015 Sussex Local - No budget for a 'beautiful bridge'
28 Jan 2015 A27 demo in Eastbourne - Better Buses Not Bigger Roads
9 Jan 2015 Village voices must be heard on the A27 - Norman Baker MP, Eastbourne Herald
16 Dec 2014 CBT press release with info on National Networks National Policy Statement
17 Dec 2014 WSGazette letter - a major new Arundel bypass could worsen Chichester gridlock
13 Dec 2014 Argus letter - Arundel bypass 'will threaten Park'
8 Dec 2014 Sussex Wildlife Trust 'Money to Burn! A road building bonanza marks the end of Austerity?'
5 Dec 2014 Chichester Observer Andrew Tyrie MP 'Will Chichester become A27 pressure point?'
5 Dec 2014 South Downs Society viewpoint in the Argus
5 Dec W Sx County Times CPRE letter 'Grand schemes are not the answer'
4 Dec 2014 UKIP local candidate letter on the A27 at Arundel
3 Dec 2014 WSGazette letters by ABNC, SDNPA and FoE - 'Hugely Damaging'
3 Dec 2014 Vic Ient letter in WSGazette - 'Scarring the Landscape Forever'
3 Dec 2014 WSGazette Govt Announcement 'Go-ahead for Bypass'
3 Dec 2014 Letter in Guardian, Roads to growth or to re-election?
4 Dec 2014 Letter in Chichester Observer, 'Questions over A27 Bypass Plan'
4 Dec Littlehampton Gazette Govt announcement and Nick Herbert MP response
2 Dec 2014 National Park comment in Sussex Express: "The SDNPA will be looking for evidence in any route options that may be brought forward in future that there are no other more sustainable transport measures which would have a lesser negative impact; robust data on the nature and scale of the impacts on the national park that would arise; and detail on how they would be mitigated or compensated for, bearing in mind that this is a nationally designated landscape."
CLICK HERE to read our Press Release 2.12.14 responding to the government announcements.
26 November 2014 WSG 'View needs to be challenged'
Sussex Local late Nov published Dec issue, letters page
13 November 2014 Littlehampton Gazette article 'green light'
13 November 2014 3 readers letters Littlehampton Gazette
13 Nov14 ABNC letter to W Sx Gazette responding to NHerbert 12Nov article
12Nov14 W Sx Gazette Nick Herbert MP says he 'does not support' Option B
12 November 2014 SpiritFM article 'Strong Opposition for A27 Expansion'
12 November Portsmouth News Improvements to A27 move one step closer
11 November Argus 'A27 Upgrade 'On the cards''
11 November 2014 ABNC letter reply to 8Nov Argus article
10 November 2014 Chichester Observer 'A27 Improvements in Line for Govt Funding'
10 November 2014 SpiritFM article 'A27 West Sussex Route Named for Improvements?'
6 November Littlehampton Gazette front page 'Bypass Battle Splits Town'
5 November West Sussex Gazette article 'Villages get ready for Bypass Battle'
2 November The Independent Road expansion in South Downs area 'ignoring local views'
Letters in Argus arguing against offline bypass proposals
30 October ABNC Press Release re ABNC and Walberton Parish Council actions
Helpful reply from Gary Shipton Editor in Chief Sussex Observer Group
ABNC request to local press group for more balanced and accurate reporting
ABNC correction info re reports on Minister visit
26 October Littlehampton Gazette report on visit by Minister John Hayes MP to West Sussex
22 October Spirit FM News Web report & interviews with Kay Wagland and Nick Herbert
22 October Letter in Argus about what is best use of money
21 October Letter in Argus re damage from new roads
9 October Nick Herbert MP claims the HA and DfT have ruled out online improvements
8 October Lyminster bypass
1 October Lyminster bypass
25 Sept WSG re Online or Offline
24 Sep Herbert on A27Action and FeasibilityStudy
Sep 2014 West Sussex Connections unbalanced feature
23 July Penfold re Pink/Blue
20 July PinkBlue affects Ancient Woodland
9 July Binsted Woods and Tortington Common
2 July Major improvements versus Ancient Woodland
25 June ASCATE counter propositions
25 June A27 Action Campaign launch