Greying the Land
On 15th October 2020 Highways England announced their Preferred Route for the A27 Arundel Bypass to be the Grey Route.
This reckless 8km new road project would devastate Arundel, surrounding villages, beautiful countryside and impact severely on the tranquility, views and wildlife of the South Downs National Park.
Highways England are driving us towards climate meltdown. This decision follows a sham consultation packed with half-truths, gappy and dodgy data, to drive forward their agenda of spending as much taxpayers' money on this project as they can get away with.
Despite the propaganda in the 2019 consultation, two thirds of respondents told Highways England that they would prefer an online option with a short bypass or nothing at all, and most of them also said what they really wanted was Arundel Alternative which we support. This is a more sustainable and far less damaging short bypass with a wide single carriageway, costing two thirds less than Grey. Only 7% of the public wanted the highly damaging and most expensive Grey Route, which Highways England have chosen.
You can see how Highways England themselves present this damaging proposal, by clicking on this link: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/south-east/a27-arundel-bypass/
Highways England's plan, as they have put it to affected property owners, is:
- Statutory Consultation on the Grey Route with all stakeholders in 2021
- Development Consent Order application to be submitted in 2022
- Development Consent Order approval in 2023
- Construction of the proposed route to start in 2024 with a 3 year construction programme thereafter.
This plan takes a sledgehammer to smash an essential part of England's natural resource, beauty, heritage and rural community. It will lead to local species extinctions as it severs connected habitats of ancient woodland and wetlands housing 14 bat species, the UK's biggest surveyed dormouse population, and many more. It will only make the climate emergency worse.
Click on this video to watch a quick aerial photography overview of the route:Above - overlay of Highways England mapping on to Google Earth: Credit Brian Drury Below - A walk through Binsted Village - the impact of the Grey Route
The Grey Route shows no respect for England's Heritage
Below is a drone view of Binsted's 12th-century Grade II listed village church. This is still a hub that brings villagers and visitors together for it's peaceful beauty. The Grey Route heads straight towards it across the field and the valley, which it crosses on a raised viaduct just above the churchyard, only about 10 metres away from the churchyard wall. A thousand years of community life in this rural area are under threat.
Here are maps of the route:
What you could lose
– The quality of the Ancient Woodland
– Villages and communities
– Arundel’s watermeadows
– Rare chalk streams
– Endangered species
– Historic parkland– Diverse wildlife
– Local business
– Carbon stores
– Beauty and tranquillity