Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation
Highways England is currently consulting on three options (Options 1, 3 and 5A – see map) for the A27 Arundel Bypass. See https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a27-arundel-bypass/
Options 3 and 5A will have a huge, negative impact on populations of butterflies, moths and other wildlife; they will unnecessarily destroy large areas of ancient woodland and other habitat types which are vital to wildlife; they will ruin our treasured landscape; they will devastate the rural tranquillity of Binsted.
Amongst the butterflies and moths which will be affected are the regionally threatened Pearl-bordered Fritillary, the declining White Admiral, the magnificent Purple Emperor and the nationally scarce Drab Looper.
These options will cost at least £250 million and save a journey time of just 4 – 8 minutes, during peak hours, in 2041 (Highways England figures).
Option 1 is less damaging, but in its present form damages the environment to an unnecessary degree. Better alternatives to Option 1 exist, including that presented here www.arundela27forum.org.uk
The full response by Butterfly Conservation can be found here:
A link to a leaflet produced by Alexander Henderson can be found here:
PLEASE take time to register your views on these proposals. Butterfly Conservation Sussex Branch believes that it is right to:
1) Object outright to Options 3 and 5A.
2) Object to Option 1 in its current form, asking that less environmentally damaging versions be considered.
3) Express any concerns you may have with the consultation process itself, including the inadequate and inaccurate assessment of the environmental damage caused by each option, and the poor and confused manner in which the positive and negative impacts of each option are presented for comparison.
PLEASE respond to the consultation by either:
Email to: A27ArundelBypass@highwaysengland.co.uk
or by writing to:
Highways England (A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation)
National Traffic Operations Centre
3 Ridge Way
Quinton Business Park
or using the online Highways England questionnaire at:
by Monday 16 October 2017