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Link road hopes to connect relief road ruled out by council

HOPES of a link in North Bersted between two relief roads have been formally ruled out.


Bersted Parish Council had called for the connection from the North Bersted to Felpham roads to be made across the Salt Box farm, which has recently received planning permission for commercial use.


It contacted the area’s MP, Nick Gibb, for help. He asked West Sussex County Council’s highways officers for their opinion. This was reported at this month’s parish council meeting.


Matt Davey, the council’s director of highways and transport, said the link road had not been identified in any highways studies as being needed.


Because of this, it was not possible to safeguard the land for the link road or to ask for contributions towards its cost.


“It must also be noted that the land forming the Salt Box Farm site development does not extend as far as the Bersted relief road,” he wrote.


“As such, even if land were to be safeguarded through the Salt Box Farm development, there would still be a requirement to obtain additional land to deliver any new road or secure funding towards its delivery.”

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