Arun District Council backs A27 bypass route
The council voted to support Option 5A (the ‘Binsted route’) at a meeting of the council cabinet at the Arun Civic Centre in Littlehampton last night.
Council leader Gill Brown said: “We need to be positive about this as this is likely to be our only opportunity in the near future.”
Councillor Paul Dendle said: “This issue has been around since 1946. Economically we need this for the whole district.
“I have always been a supporter of Option 3 but I came to the realisation that it can never be built because the protesters have done such a good job of getting Tortington designated Ancient Woodland.”
Mr Dendle said he supported Option 5A and pushed for a cycle route along Ford Road.
Councillor Robert Wheal also spoke in favour of Option 5A, saying it is the ‘only tenable option on the table’.
He added: “I do understand that a bypass will affect a small number of homes in the Binsted area but surely we have to think of the wider community.
“The people of Arundel have been anxiously waiting for a bypass for 40 years or more.”
Binsted resident Mike Tristram spoke at the meeting opposing Option 5A.
He said: “Option 5A devastates Binsted’s land-based community and deprives walkers of Binsted’s tranquil historic landscape.”
The cabinet voted to support Option 5A and will be sending its recommendations to Highways England today.