Walberton Parish Council, which represents the 3 villages of Walberton, Binsted and Fontwell, is awaiting answers to questions and proposals it has put to Highways England, and has yet to take a final position in the Consultation. Walberton will issue a further statement when Highways England has responded.
However, it is already clear that Option 5a is wholly unacceptable because it runs completely against Walberton’s Neighbourhood Plan* in two ways:
- It leads to the unacceptable and unnecessary destruction of the village of Binsted and its acknowledged special surrounding countryside
- It leads to a major increase in traffic (including HGVs) on the B2132, Yapton Lane, Walberton. This is estimated by Highways England in the consultation document at nearly a 6,000 vehicles extra daily flow.
Meanwhile Walberton notes in the consultation document that the chief benefit for the A27’s Option 5a is the 33% reduction in traffic that takes a northerly route through the National Park via the A29. This is a reduction of 6,000 in daily flow, matching almost exactly the increased daily flow for Yapton Lane. In this way, the expenditure of £250 million moves a traffic problem from the A29 (and e.g. Storrington) to the B2132 Yapton Lane, with its basic Level Crossing.
* After one of the highest turnouts in the country, Walberton’s Neighbourhood Plan was made in March 2017 after a referendum Yes vote of 96%, highest in the Arun District, from its 2,175 residents.
21st September 2017