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      Arundel bypass: can’t we have some strategic thinking?

      17th Jun 2015
      Local communities await with some trepidation the promised ‘public consultation’ about the Arundel Bypass.   MPs and councillors, and the previous government, have been vigorously pushing a bypass without a route having yet been decided on.    The chancellor has said it will go ahead ‘despite local opposit...Read More...

      Getting around lightly

      30th May 2015
      Twenty years ago we were fighting the last vestiges of the 'greatest road building programme since the Romans'.  One benefit of this battle was the level of scrutiny brought to bear on the claims being made about the need and benefits of new roads. This demonstrated that new roads did not always lead to economic benefits and could jus...Read More...

      New survey group MAVES to study at-risk countryside

      17th Apr 2015
      A new Arundel-based Not For Profit Community Organization, Mid Arun Valley Ecological Surveys (MAVES), has been formed to study this beautiful, hitherto under-surveyed area.   Partner organisations include Sussex Wildlife Trust and Arundel Agenda 21.  MAVES is employing a consultant ecologist, Jackie Thompson of Wildlife Splash Ltd, ...Read More...

      SCATE Blog 13 April 2015

      14th Apr 2015
      Pause for reflection? SCATE blog considers the Labour position on the Arundel Bypass Today saw the launch of the Labour Party manifesto, outlining its blueprint for the country should it be elected on 7 May. Contained in the accompanying press release and press statements, it has announced that it would pause any work on the Arundel bypass a...Read More...

      A27 Feasibility Study Report Creates Confusion

      8th Apr 2015
      Arundel bypass: A27 Study fails to fix a route for Option B – perhaps deliberately? It seems extraordinary that although the ‘A27 Feasibility Study’ was published in March, the route of Option B for the Arundel bypass is still not known for certain.   No map is given, and the description (at Report 3, paras 5.2.4. to 5....Read More...

      Critique of March 2015 A27 Feasibility Study Proposals

      8th Apr 2015
      The Report contains Major Inconsistencies and is based on Weak Evidence History The Department for Transport’s (DfT) executive agency the Highways Agency (HA) commissioned Parsons Brinkerhoff (PB) an at the time wholly owned subsidiary of the loss making UK construction company Balfour Beatty in November 2013 to “undertake a feasibili...Read More...

      Critique of A27 Arundel Wider Economic Study

      8th Apr 2015
      There are Better Solutions than an Offline Dual Carriageway   Philip Gadsby wrote on 19 February 2015: Parsons Brinkerhoff (PB) were commissioned to undertake a preliminary assessment of the economic impacts of the A27 Arundel bypass.  Report Title : A27 Arundel Bypass Wider Economic Impact Study ...Read More...

      What Alternatives are there to an Offline Bypass?

      8th Apr 2015
      ArundelSCATE sets out some ideas for discussion   Revised Nov 2014 A.  Capital projects Remodelling Crossbush A27 junction with A284 (currently a mess and source of hold-ups as it was a temporary design anticipating a new bypass), for continuous flow and separated access for Burpham and Crossbush. To incorporate safe cycle paths and...Read More...

      The Short Bypass Option

      18th Mar 2015
      What might a Short Bypass look like?   Nobody wants a Third Option that is a 70(=80)mph super-highway under the nose of the town.  But a 70(=80)mph super-highway further off would be much more conspicuous in views from the castle and across the beautiful watermeadows of the Arun valley than one tucked in below the town.  And it cou...Read More...

      Is Tortington Common 'just conifers'?

      18th Feb 2015
      Facts stand in the way of any major offline bypass route   ... and not just facts but a great variety of species stand in the way of specious arguments about Option A being "just" through conifer plantation - including ancient oaks.   Option A is still the 'least worst' route for a major new offline bypass for Arun...Read More...

      A Beautiful Solution?

      17th Feb 2015
      How deep is Minister John Hayes' commitment to Beauty?   On 4 February, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Transport, gave a speech titled ‘Beautiful roads’ at an event hosted by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and Campaign for Better Transport (CBT).  It contains this promising phrase: “Our...Read More...

      How to maintain the beauty of the Arun Valley?

      17th Feb 2015
      Arundel residents group asks Minister for better information and consultation on A27 options   John Hayes MP Department for Transport 18 February 2014 Dear Minister,   Road programme - consultation on A27 at Arundel   Arundel SCATE local residents' group, welcomed your speech on the need to place beauty in design alongsi...Read More...

      Historic landscape around Arundel & Tortington

      15th Feb 2015
      Bypass would impact on Ancient Monument   This letter from Dr Catherine Watts, owner of Tortington Priory, sent to the Minister of Transport and copied via ArundelSCATE, explains the cultural heritage impact either offline bypass route would have in this part of Arundel's countryside:  Dear Department of Transport I am writing to ...Read More...

      Green Party speaks on Arundel Bypass

      10th Feb 2015
      'economically questionable as well as environmentally reckless'   The Coalition government’s announcement of road building plans is deplored by the Green Party, the only party committed to delivering a transport revolution. More must be done to reduce petrol and diesel use and make walking and cycling safer, and more roads are ...Read More...

      What makes Binsted special

      6th Feb 2015
      10 reasons why the A27 Arundel Bypass should not go through Binsted   Binsted and the Downs Binsted is a small rural parish south-west of Arundel, on the gentle slopes at the foot of the Downs – ‘on the southernmost flanks and outliers of the chalk’ (Countryside Agency, ‘Landscape Assessment of West Sussex’).&n...Read More...

      The true history of the National Park boundary at Arundel

      29th Jan 2015
      Woodland south of the A27 west of Arundel was included in the National Park because it met the criteria.   Pro-bypass campaigners frequently say that woodland south of the A27, west of Arundel, was wrongly included in the South Downs National Park, since it was not an AONB, and that this was the result of anti-bypass lobbying.   A ...Read More...

      Not seeing the Wood for the Trees?

      27th Jan 2015
      The Facts about Ancient Woodland at Tortington Common   Outside the picturesque town of Arundel in West Sussex, there lies a National Park and in that Park lies an area of woodland called Tortington Common which has become the focus of much debate recently. Depending on the outcome of that debate, Tortington Common will either be left in pea...Read More...

      Parishes reject major A27 road building

      15th Jan 2015
      Emerging local opinions east of Lewes, reported in a SCATE blog.   A recent meeting of Parish representatives from east of Lewes to Folkington has welcomed the £75 million nominally allocated by the Government for improvements to this section of the A27. However, the representatives have resoundingly rejected the idea of a ma...Read More...

      Local Councillors all oppose Option B

      12th Jan 2015
      Arun District Cllr Paul Dendle speaks out ...   Arun Distric Councillor Paul Dendle, asked by a developing local business which be destroyed by Option B to give his views on that route, emailed on 12th January:   "I am fully against Option B ...  I don't think anyone supports option B ... It is more expensive and more dis...Read More...

      Villages get ready for Arundel Bypass Battle

      10th Jan 2015
      Press release issued 30/10/14 by ABNC   Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee      Secretary: Emma Tristram emma.tristram@dsl.pipex.com Villages get ready for Arundel bypass battle Walberton and Binsted have taken action in the face of a new threat to both villages.   In an attempt to find an Arund...Read More...
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