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A29 Woodgate Study – 2012 and Lyminster Bypass Study – 2012

The A29 Woodgate Study – 2012 and Lyminster Bypass Study – 2012 are now published on the Arun web site – see http://www.arun.gov.uk/main.cfm?TYPE=BACKGROUNDSTUDIES

  1. The Wizard
    July 14, 2012 at 12:00 am

    We need to ensure that as many people as possible attend these roadshows, and fire as many pertinent questions at ADC as possible, EP council is going to take an hour of questions from the public on 30th August so that they can make fair representation to ADC. I would suggest that all the local PC’s take the same course of action.

    • July 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

      Hi Wizard

      I agree – its important to make sure as many people as possible know what Arun’s plans are and that they participate in the consultation. As far as I’m aware the public meetings are:

      Barnham is 25/8 at 3.00 p.m.
      Eastergate is 30/8 at 7. 30 p.m.
      Aldingbourne is 14/8 at 7.30 p.m.

      Also, the Villages Action Group has relaunched – residents can find more info here: http://villagesactiongroup.wordpress.com/about/

  2. Melanie
    June 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Are Arun after the new homes bonus from central gov ?


    The gov site states
    ”Local authorities are best placed to understand the barriers to growth in their areas, and the needs of their local communities” – not so in ADC’s case I fear.

  3. June 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    ……… and look at the home page of this blog (which I have just updated) to see how the housing allocations were revised at Full Council on 20th June!!!!!!!!

  4. Melanie
    June 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Agree with your comments Chuckle Brother. I have always found it strange that the A29 obsessives at Arun DC can’t see that speeding up the traffic through Woodgate/Westergate will only lead to problems at Fontwell. Thank goodness there is a thriving racecourse there otherwise Parsons Brinckerhoff will be proposing to put the road through that!
    As for the route proposals – I think routes B,C and D are all ‘stalking horses’ as they all contain just as ludicrous proposals as those made for route A.

  5. June 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    The pressure for development at this location comes, not from the suggestion that Eastergate/Westergate/Barnham is a suitable location, it is not, but from the prospect that the level crossing on the A29 can be removed. It seems the sole motivation for development at Westergate is to fund an A29 rail bridge and a bypass.

    If the purpose is to improve access between Bognor Regis and the A27, then the planners must surely avoid planting a large new development in the middle.

    Development at this location is instantly flawed because it does not take into account the additional traffic that will be caused by the development itself. A development of 2,230 houses could bring up to 4,000 extra vehicles onto local roads (most households in rural areas need one car per adult).

    The Parsons Brinkerhoff report explores the feasibility of a ‘level crossing bypass’ for the A29 at Woodgate and fails to make any attempt to measure the impact of a large housing development on local roads.

    Has the impact of traffic from a new development been modelled in any way? If not, that would be grounds for objection.

    The indicative line on the proposals map starts at a roundabout near Headhone Farm and joins the B2233 at “Barnham roundabout”. Then, how will the residents of 2,230 new houses join the new road? More roundabouts?

    Is the replacement of a level crossing with perhaps 5 roundabouts an improvement to traffic flow? It might make things worse!

    The benefits of traffic diverted away from the A29 along Westergate Street and onto a bypass will be cancelled out by the 4,000 new cars using local roads for commuting to work, school runs, trips to shops, doctors, dentists etc.

    The A29 junction with the A27 at Fontwell already struggles to cope, with large queues forming at peak times – particularly on the A29. How will it cope if there are approx. 4,000 extra cars one mile away?

    A27 through traffic, using the Fontwell roundabout, traverses it at such speed that it can be extremely hazardous for traffic joining the flow from the A29 at peak times. The added problem of the adverse camber means there are regular accidents here with large vehicles overturning. For safety reasons we need less pressure at this junction not more!

    More traffic using this junction would also increase rat-running down Wandleys Lane, Eastergate Lane and Level Mare Lane.

    Any policy designed to increase the volume of traffic joining the A27 at this junction would be detrimental to road safety.

  6. June 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Your suspicion that there could be a hidden agenda is shared by many. ….. and I don’t know a single person that actually trusts Arun District Council. Not one!

    The Parsons Brinkerhoff report has identified Option A (west of Woodgate) as the preferred route – yet the council has gone for an indicative line to the east of Woodgate in its proposals map – so what is going on there? Is Option D a “stalking horse” for Option A?

    Councillor Bower the Cabinet Member for Planning went on the BBC’s Inside Out programme in September 2008, and said:

    BBC – “If the Eco-Town doesn’t get the go ahead then the pressure to build will return here, to Aldingbourne.”

    Cllr. Bower – “It is my understanding that there is a developer looking at this particular field here but there are other development sites around Aldingbourne and the Westergate area.”

    BBC – “How likely is it that this would be developed.”

    Cllr. Bower – “Well, I think there is a strong likelihood that it will be developed at some point in the future.”

    How can the public have confidence that Arun does not have a hidden agenda when the cabinet member with responsibility for spatial planning indicated that development in Aldingbourne was a “strong likelihood”? (and that was a long time before the LDF/Local Plan evidence base was completed!)

    After Councillor Bower’s comments, how can any member of the public in Eastergate/Westergate/Barnham trust Arun District Council?

  7. Melanie
    June 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I have just read with horror the A29 Woodgate study by Parsons Brinckerhoff and am appalled by their arrogant recommendation to demolish the ‘Basmati Restaurant’ and to build a roundabout.
    The drive to my house is off the slip road from the A29 behind the ‘Basmati’ – along with Tudor Drive which provides the only access to a number of houses. How on earth would any of us be able to make the turn from a potentialy very busy roundabout into our respective drives? Clearly, this has not been thought through at all nor has note been taken that the ‘Basmati’ ( formerly ‘The Island’ and ‘Labour in Vain’ is part of our historical built environment. A number of properties surrounding this proposed roundabout are listed buildings.

    The most outrageous aspect of the whole proposal for route A is that it will simply move the current Woodgate congestion to Westergate – ie the A29/B2233 junction. Given that this traffic will effectively be speeded up (because there will be no slowing of traffic at the crossing which currently acts as a traffic calming measure to a certain extent) this junction will extremely busy and bring huge volumes of traffic outside houses which currently do not experience such volumes.
    Needless to say, the proposals don’t even begin to take account of pedestrian’s needs. I currently walk along this stretch of the A29 as the footway proceeds along the front of ‘The Basmati’ – there would be nowhere to walk if these proposals go ahead.

    However, I am concerned that this proposal might be deliberately flawed so as to force through the hinted at extension of route A to come out at Fontwell Avenue. This would obviously cost more and require an even higher number of houses to be built to pay for it. But maybe this is someone’s cunning plan to meet Arun’s housing targets.

    When ‘Localism’ became the latest government planning buzzword I naively thought this would mean local parish council’s decided their own needs and wouldn’t have the housing needs of other areas foisted upon them. How wrong I was – Central Government read ‘local’ to be at district council level, so yet again the Villages are at the mercy of Arun Dc and its obsession with the A29.

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