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New road attack by council

Angry councillors in Bersted have protested against a looming traffic nightmare.

 

Parish council members have unanimously formally agreed to object to plans to realign the A29.

 

They have told West Sussex County Council they believe the current proposal is flawed because it keeps the busy road passing through the residential areas of Shripney and Lidsey.

 

Bersted Parish Council also protested at its meeting on Tuesday about the exclusion of Lidsey, Shripney and Bognor Regis from the consultation venues.

 

Its members complained as well that the maps on view failed to show the A29 and A259 in context.

 

Cllr Gill Yeates, chairman of Bersted Parish Council’s planning, amenities and environment committee, said: “The road will continue along through Lidsey and Shripney exactly as it is except with the additional traffic from 3,500 homes from the north and the big industrial estates to the south.

 

“There will be a bottleneck from Lidsey through to Shripney. We only have two A roads in Bersted. One of them is causing problems now and the second one is going to be an ongoing nightmare.

 

“It does affect everybody. We are all road users, as well as there being huge safety issues to it.

 

“There was a meeting of the residents’ group in Lidsey with (county councillor) David Edwards, who is going to take up the issues for us as well as to why the road does not go where everybody thinks it should go – the Rolls-Royce roundabout.

 

“It seems to be a repeat of what happened with the A259 with traffic from a massive amount of new development going along an existing stretch of road.

 

“That is causing chaos now – but this is dangerous because there are 200 houses in Shripney and 50 or so more in Lidsey. There quite a lot of people involved.

 

“Once development comes to the area, there will be no other way of resolving this. That’s why it’s important to get it right at this stage.”

 

As reported, the county council has proposed a £54m scheme to create a 4.34km section of the A29 east of Eastergate, Westergate and Woodgate to improve traffic flows.

 

It would start from the existing A29 Fontwell Avenue, north of Eastergate, and go to the A29 Lidsey Road, north of Shripney, where it would re-join the current road.

 

The road would be built in two phases, with its northern section being the first phase.

 

As part of the road, which would be partly funded by the developers of thousands of homes around Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate, a bridge would be built over the railway line to remove the need for motorists to wait at the Woodgate level crossing.

 

The consultation began in early March with a series of exhibitions in the Barnham area and lasts on the county council’s website until April 26.

 

Bersted Parish Council has also protested about the exclusion of Lidsey, Shripney and Bognor Regis from the consultation venues.

 

Its members also complained the maps on view failed to show the A29 and A259 in context.

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