Nick Herbert says National Park has no bypass '˜veto'

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has urged the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) to take a '˜balanced view' of an offline A27 Arundel bypass.

Nick Herbert (right) has long supported a bypass at Arundel. Picture: Eddie Mitchell
Nick Herbert (right) has long supported a bypass at Arundel. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

Mr Herbert spoke to the SDNPA board last Thursday.

He said the bypass would give environmental benefits to the National Park by taking away traffic that currently ‘rat-runs’ through the South Downs

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However following a brief discussion SDNPA board members voted by a substantial majority to reject all three routes.

Mr Herbert said: “I hope that, as discussions continue and when Highways England consult on their preferred route next year, the authority will take a more evidence-led and balanced view.

“They do not have a veto on the bypass and simply rejecting it means they are supporting the option that is most damaging to the South Downs.”

The first A27 consultation closed on October 16.