Sunday, 10 May 2015

Thank You

Thank you for your votes.
I am immensely proud and honoured that you re-elected me as Councillor,  Thank your your support and personal faith in me and I hope I can continue to be the Councillor you want in representing your views,

I have to thank the officers of the council who delivered the election process with the new challenge of single voter registration and three elections at the same time, special thanks to Nigel Lynn (Returning Officer) and Liz Futcher head of Arun Elections and Committees on Arun DC.

I have to thank my fellow candidates for a fair and clean election, their motives were like mine to serve you the community and it takes a lot of effort to put your self forward, so to the losers my commiserations.

We are in a much larger ward thanks to the Electoral Boundary Commission, there are 16 Parishes, bearing in mind the 3 councillors are supposed to service those parishes attending their meetings and feeding their views into the District Council is a huge challenge, the civil servant who invented this one should try coming down to meet us and understand what they have done, rather than driving a desk in Whitehall.

The Town Council elections were a big local electoral event, some very good notable councillors lost their seats, Martyn Pettifer and Jeremy Johnstone,they gave very good service to their town and I hope the new entrants will do the same.

The results for the district were
Paul Dendle-2691 votes   Conservative
Norman Dingeman 2448 votes  Conservative
Robert Wheal 1994 votes   Conservative

The town Council results were
Lucy Ashworth - 516 votes
Matt Bodimeade - 510 votes
Wendy Eve - 870 - votes
Lorinda Monaghan - votes
Karin Moorhouse - 493 votes
Mark Phillips - 627 votes
Angela Standing - 672 votes
James Stewart - 671 - votes
Michael Tu - 651 - votes
Kay Wagland - 563 votes
Anne Harriott- 707 votes
Colin Heriot - 686 votes

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Aruns Bin Collection - Highest for quality/lowest for price

Did you know that Aruns weekly bin collection is compared to other Councils the highest for Quality* and the lowest for cost, another reason to vote Conservative on Thursday

*(Highest quartile (25%) for quality, lowest quartile (25%) for cost)

Tricia Wales election material

Old Gas works Ford Road in 1908.
Just read Tricia Wales (UKIP Council Candidate) election material where she says that Arun will build 5000 houses in the district, The materials language is extraordinary to say the least, It is obvious that it is written by someone who lives in Yapton and it's Yapton centric, But to re-assure everyone who lives in Arundel, the Neighbourhood Plan that was passed with a huge majority allows for between 60-90 dwellings in Arundel between now and 2029, this would be accommodated on sites that have been chosen as desirable for development, eg. The old Gas works, the Bevan & bevan site and the Castle Stable just off London Road.  So if the By-Pass is built there would be no in fill. 

Monday, 4 May 2015

Did you know that all the profits from the Lido Car Park go to the Arundel Lido?

The Lido Car Park in Arundel is owned and managed by Arun District Council, not many people know that all the profits from the Lido Car Park go to the Arundel Community Downland and Leisure Trust a charity that runs the Arundel Lido for the local community.

Their web site says 

 "The Lido receives no regular external funding and relies entirely on proceeds from the opening season, money taken in the car park, the work of its volunteers and donations from Friends and the public."

I think the Trust should acknowledge Aruns part in the funding mix. But I think it underpins Aruns commitment to sports provision with the new Sports & Leisure Centre being built either at North Littlehampton or at the existing site. 

Arun has Built 1042 affordable homes in the last 4 years

Arun has Built 1042 affordable homes with it's partners in the last 4 years (beating it's own target of 1000),

it's now building it's own Council houses again, for the first time since the 1980's another reason to vote Conservative on Thursday.

Sunday, 3 May 2015


Arun's current recycling rate is 41.8%, we are aiming for 50% by 2020, but as Arun is not a unitary authority, e.g. West Sussex County Council does  there own recycling via the recycling centres, if you joined Aruns and WSCC local recycling  then you are already in the mid 50's rate.  Also the new mechanical recovery unit will come on line in August and this will boost recycling even further.

Compare this to Green controlled Brighton City Council which is a unitary authority and has a pitiful recycling rate of 25.8% which in fact has gone backwards under their control,  The Greens talk the talk on recycling, but because they funnel funds into staff costs rather than improving the service, they do a disservice to local residents.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Council Tax - Reasons to vote Conservative

Labour Parliamentary ASD Candidate Christopher Wellbelove
was a Councillor on Lambeth Council.
The UK's average council tax paid per dwelling under labour rose from £564 in 1997-98 to £1,195 in 2010-11, an increase of 112 per cent. When measured as the Band D average, another common indicator, bills have increased from £688 in 1997-98 to £1,439 in 2010-11, a rise of 109 per cent.

The Council Tax in Arun has been frozen for 5 years under the Conservative coalition  2010-2015

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Labours position on the By-Pass

Christopher on the left
I attended the SCATE meeting last night, leaving aside the obvious bias of the meeting against the By-Pass, I could not believe the comments by Labours Parliamentary candidate  Christopher Robin Wellbelove,  

He Said that issues like this should be left to local Councillors to decide, Labour Cancelled the By-Pass in 2003 and have now indicated they want to rethink  eg cancel it again.  This goes contrary to the position of their Labour Councillors on Littlehampton who have all been strident supporters of an Arundel By-Pass as it would create and protect jobs in Littlehampton, an area of deprivation and has the 16th most deprived ward in the UK.

How could the Labour party nationally ignore their local Councillors opinion and ignore Littlehampton and Bognor Regis's plight,  frankly the Labour party are not interested in the south, they funnelled all the investment into their homelands leaving us to struggle with inferior infrastructure, they had 13 years to invest in our local transport and failed.  

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Your Votes

Arundel & Walberton ward is the top left hand corner of Arun District,
huge ward with 13 parishes
For those that are not in the know, in the Arun District elections for the Arundel & Walberton ward,you have 3 votes from a total of Six Candidates.

I'm standing along with Norman Dingeman and Robert Wheal on the Conservative party ticket, Christopher Wood is standing for the Labour Party, 
Tricia Wales is standing for UKIP, and Jeremy Johnson is standing as an independent. 
I wish my fellow candidates good luck and hope we can have a clean and positive election and I will certainly work to that end.

In the Arundel Town election you have 12 votes, there are 23 candidates, so you can choose 12 of those, and in the General Election you have one vote for our MP. Candidates are Nick Herbert for the Conservative Party, Peter Grace is standing for UKIP, Shweta Kapadla is standing for the Lib Dems, Isabel Jane Thurston is standing for the Green Party and Christopher Robin Wellbelove is standing for the Labour party,

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Local Company wins Queens award for Enterprise

Can I be one of the first to congratulate local Business PpTek Ltd of the Orchard Business Park, Yapton, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0GA  Website: www.pptek.co.uk for being one of only five companies in West Sussex to win the Queens award for Enterprise, they are a local small company employing 10 people and was Established in 2000, 

PpTek Ltd manufactures ‘Siloxane’ removal solutions, a system for cleaning gas in the BioGas industry. The company holds a unique position as the world’s market leader in its specialised market place, providing patented systems for the removal of contaminants from biogas production. The company provides systems directly to companies engaged in the extraction of gas from waste products and its approach is very much project-driven with a strategy based around direct customer solutions. The company demonstrates strong overseas sales growth during the last three years and it wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for outstanding growth in its export earnings of 317% in the last three years.

Monday, 20 April 2015

SCATES Hustings meeting and a Letter in the Littlehampton Gazzette

I have heard that SCATE have called a "Hustings" meeting at St Nicholas, where there has already been one in Arundel that was organised by the Arundel Churches,  I don't know how you can have an objective and fair Hustings when it is called by a group that is already pre-determined on the Environment and the Arundel By-Pass, but then if you read Arundel Resident Derek Wallers letter in the Littlehampton Gazette, all becomes apparent as the tactic is lifted from Campaign for Better Transport ( A National Campaigning Anti Road Group) CBT Campaigners Handbook,  which suggests as a way of campaigning to hold a Hustings meeting  I quote 

              "‘all the candidates are invited to answer questions from your supporters’ and that the groups ‘should write a pledge against the road or in favour of a set of more sensible transport policies and ask all the candidates to sign up, with any who refuse being named and shamed’"

I don't believe Nick Herbert is attending and I don't know of any other candidates attending,  But before I am asked to sign a pledge as laid down in their campaigners handbook,
I make my own pledge

  • To support the building of an Arundel By-Pass, 
  • To Support an improvement in sustainable public transport,
  • To support Cycling facilities and new Cycleways,
  • To support the building of an Arundel Chord allowing trains to go down the Arun Line and turn east
  • To Campaign for a package of  environmentally friendly measures to mitigate the effect of a By Pass to improve Arundel and the surrounding villages.

Here is a letter written by Derek Waller (Local Resident) that is in to days Littlehampton Gazette  here is the link  Letter

I copy the text below

With reference to Kay Wagland’s letter (Gazette, April 9), in which she seeks to distance her local anti-bypass group from the London-based Campaign for Better Transport (CBT), I am reminded of the words in Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”.

The fact is that Ms Wagland and her Arundel SCATE (South Coast Alliance for Transport and the Environment) friends have a centre-stage position in the activities of the CBT and its Roads to Nowhere campaign. The latter is one of the CBT’s three main national campaigns, and its associated Road Campaigners’ Guide actually has a photograph of Ms Wagland on its front cover.
Also, whilst there is nothing on the local or even the Brighton SCATE websites, the CBT’s main website contains a full-page report giving details of Arundel SCATE’s response to the A27 feasibility study report, and it even includes pictures of Kay Wagland and Binsted’s Emma Tristram, as well as quotes from Arundel’s Simon Gray and Sue White.
Additionally, the CBT’s website includes a report about last year’s Roads to Nowhere campaigners’ conference, saying that on October 18, 2014 it hosted a training conference to help local campaigners stop a new wave of road building covering the country with Tarmac, and including yet another photograph of Ms Wagland.
Indeed, most of the activities in which Arundel SCATE has been involved during the past six months or so have come straight out of the CBT Campaigners Handbook, including the current CPRE/SCATE proposal for an election hustings meeting where ‘all the candidates are invited to answer questions from your supporters’ and that the groups ‘should write a pledge against the road or in favour of a set of more sensible transport policies and ask all the candidates to sign up, with any who refuse being named and shamed’.
Local people are, of course, perfectly entitled to have their say about local road building proposals. The main opposition to road building in West Sussex and almost everywhere else in the country comes from the CBT’s Stephen Joseph and Chris Todd, and it is unfortunate that a number of local people with legitimate concerns have been drawn into their web.
Derek Waller
Surrey Wharf


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Arundel Station Cycle path coming together

Something I have been campaigning for is new cycleways and cycle facilities for the town, here are photos of the first stage of the Station cycle path.  But this was a collaborative effort, the driving force was Mike DeLara the previous Chairman of the Arundel Partnership, as well as the Town Council, particularly Cllr. Martyn  Pettifer Chairman of the Traffic Committee and the Mayor Michael Tu, also the County Councillor Nigel Peters.
Funds were identified from Central Government Department of Transport grants via the SDNP,  also Network Rail  the Highways Agency as well as the County Council contributed money.  We need a By-Pass but we also need a whole package of green measures similar to mitigate the effect, I call upon Green Protesters to come together and unite to ask this rather than just opposing a By-Pass full stop.  one question people keep asking is what are the black nets for?  to stop birds nesting, great simple idea to protect nesting birds.

photo of the tunnel under the road taken by Martin John Alderton

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

News Release from The Rt Hon Nick Herbert, He slams Labour threat to Arundel bypass

News Release from The Rt Hon Nick Herbert
Tuesday 14 April 2015

Nick Herbert slams Labour threat to Arundel bypass

Arundel & South Downs Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Nick Herbert has slammed Labour’s announcement yesterday (Monday 13 April) that they would “delay” the Arundel bypass.

In December the Government announced a £350 million investment in A27 improvements including the Arundel bypass, with consultation over routes beginning this year.

Labour’s Manifesto pledged to invest in strategic roads, but a briefing document revealed that they are planning to “delay” A27 projects to fund a one-year rail fare freeze.  The Party later said that A27 upgrades would go ahead “with the exception of the Arundel bypass.”

Mr Herbert commented: “First Labour said they’d invest in strategic roads, then they admitted they would cut investment in the A27 on economic grounds, then within hours they said it was only the Arundel bypass they were shelving, claiming environmental issues.

“The policy is a shambles.  Labour claims they’ll save £200 million from this to fund a one-year rail fair freeze, but the money isn’t there to raid yet because it’s allocated for when construction begins, which won’t be until the end of the the road period.

“Conservatives have already delivered a rail fair freeze for the last two years and have now committed to extend the freeze to run throughout the next Parliament without cutting essential roads investment.

“Labour’s excuse that the bypass goes through the National Park won’t wash because the routes are being consulted on and the existing A27 goes through the National Park anyway.  This is a tiny section of replanted woodland right at the bottom of the Park.  It isn’t chalk downland.  Meanwhile real damage to the Park is being caused by pollution and rat running through Downland villages as a result of congestion at Arundel.  Storrington suffers some of the worst air pollution in the South East.

“Nor does it make sense for Labour to claim that they’ll go ahead with upgrades on other sections of the A27 while leaving a bottleneck at Arundel.  Frankly, no-one will trust Labour to deliver any of the A27 schemes.  They’ve got form on this - they shelved the Arundel bypass once before in 2003.  Once again Labour are cutting roads investment and showing that they couldn't care less about Sussex or the South of England.  It’s now clear that users of the congested A27, the local economy and the environment will continue to suffer if Labour are elected.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin commented:

“Infrastructure investment is a vital part of our long term economic plan and once again Labour has shown that they will ignore Sussex.  Only David Cameron and the Conservatives are committed to upgrading the A27 and relieving the congestion that causes misery on a daily basis. 

“Labour cancelled lots of road schemes in 1998 which led to us tumbling down the international league tables for infrastructure.  Today Ed Miliband has shown he would repeat the mistakes of the past, condemning Sussex to decades of congestion.”

Friday, 10 April 2015

Your Vote - Our local Election Pledges - Your services (all for £3 a week)

Vote Conservative for Arun District
on the 7th of May
I am standing again for re-election as Councillor for the Arundel & Walberton ward on the 7th of May with colleagues Norman Dingemans and Robert Wheal,

I ask that you give us your support and elect myself and my colleagues for four more years as your local representatives.

I have lived and worked in the ward for over 19 years, I am and have always been a Green Conservative and support sustainable transport, cycling, renewable energy and green tourism, I also support the provision of a By-Pass as I see this as a way to improving the local environment for local residents.  

I always fight Arundel's corner at Arun and because I am a Cabinet Member I am in a good position to influence policy. I have worked hard over the last four years and have a number of personal achievements  

  • Campaigning for Government money for flood defenses  (£280k committed from the Environment Agency)
  • Campaigning for Government money for an Arundel By-Pass using the pink blue route
  • Campaigning for traffic calming within the ward with 20 mph speed limits for Burpham with 20Mph zones coming to  Arundel & Warningcamp in 2015.
  • Green renewable energy on the Civic Centre generating 50kw's and giving Arun a 5 year payback on it's investment
  • Money towards the Arundel Museum.
  • Campaigning for cycle racks & cycle paths (Racks achieved, Station cycle path being delivered at the moment)
  • Working to keep the Learning Tree children's nursery open
  • Working to keep unwanted housing development from Arundel, whilst working to build houses where they are wanted (In the Arundel Neighborhood plan)

Arun Conservatives have a good record of achievement  -  

  • £5m savings achieved with no cuts to services, (Reducing staffing numbers by 20% reducing council office buildings from 8 to 5)
  • The Council Tax Frozen for 5 years 
  • Weekly bin collection of the highest quality at the lowest cost compared to other councils
  • Local Housing for local People you have to live in Arun for 5 years to be eligible for Social Housing (Council Housing)
  • Building 1042 affordable homes (beating a target of 1000 over 4 years)
  • Supporting Community Safety and Policing through close working with Sussex Police
  • Boosting recycling
  • Expanding Council Leisure & Sport  services, with a promise of a new Swimming & Sports Centre at littlehampton

If you live in a Band D property only £3 a week of your council tax goes to Arun for good local services at a comparable low cost. 

Our future pledges to you the voter are

  1. To continue to ensure value for money by cutting costs whilst maintaining and improving services.
  2. To preserve the countryside and our environment, encourage green measures, ensuring that inappropriate planning applications are opposed and encouraging the social, economic and environmental well being of the area.
  3. To work closely with your Local Parish or Town Councils to meet your needs.
  4. To improve the quality of life for all by tackling anti-social behaviour in all its forms.
  5. To ensure continuation of tough financial controls at Arun and continue to eliminate waste.

Our Manifesto leaflet 

Our Manifesto leaflet 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Arundel Hustings announced

Arundel churches to hold hustings for parliamentary candidates

The Arundel Churches Liaison Committee extends a warm and open invitation to the public to hustings event for parliamentary candidates for the Arundel and South Downs constituency.

The event will be held at St Nicholas Church in Arundel on Wednesday 15 April from 7pm to 9pm. 

The event is an opportunity for the public to put their questions directly to the parliamentary candidates who are standing in the General Election.  It will be the first hustings to be held in the constituency during this election campaign to which parliamentary candidates from all the political parties have been invited.

Oliver Hawkins, an Arundel resident for over 40 years, will be the independent chair for the evening.   Questions for the candidates should be sent to Oliver in advance of the hustings, to avoid duplication, by email to oliveranddiana@gmail.com.  Questions must be received by Monday 13 April, not later than 3pm. Those submitting a question will be invited during the evening to present their question directly to the candidates.  

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Recycling Boost for Arun (Pots, Tubs & Trays)

As Cabinet member my portfolio covers cleansing and refuse collection. I am
very much committed to growing our recycling and diverting rubbish that would have gone to Landfill to be recycled instead.from the 01st of April you are now able to recycle even more of your refuse items in your recycling bin,

New items are:-
 Milk and drinks bottles;
• Bathroom bottles;
• Laundry/detergent bottles & tubs;
• Yoghurt, cream & soup pots;
• Ice cream & margarine tubs;
• Cosmetic pots & tubs;
• Food & ready meal trays;
• Fruit & vegetable punnets; and
• Plastic container lids (such as those used on coffee jars).

The items do need to be clean, but I urge everyone to embrace the new recycling as it's good for the environment as well as the tax payer as all recycled items are sold and profits are rebated to Arun to allow the Council to keep the Council tax frozen and to supplement other services  (about £750k a year)

Items that still can't be recycled are:

  • Plastic carrier bags and plastic film;
  • Expanded polystyrene;
  • Plant pots and seed trays;
  • Plastic toys; and
  • Plastic furniture.

Sometime from August 2015 on-wards a new mechanical recycling unit will come on line to help recycle the food waste in your weekly bin collection,  the food waste will go through an anaerobic digester to be converted to fertiliser, also hard plastics like CD's CD covers and hard plastics that currently can't be recycled will be converted to fuel pellets for energy from waste units, this is a great step forward. We are committed to sending more and more of our waste to our recycling plants.  The Ford Materials Recycling Plant is now the best in the country for it's quality of materials, manufacturers are voting with their feet to take more and more of the material for new items from the Ford Plant.

There has been built up an urban myth that recycled materials go abroad and are simply dumped elsewhere, so the argument follows  why should we recycle if this happens, this is lazy thinking and the facts do not back this myth up.

We make money out of recyclables and so it should be, We need to embrace solar power, Tidal wave power and as a green Conservative I am committed to conserving our environment, 

Friday, 27 February 2015

Council Tax Frozen

Tax rises are a real burden for people on fixed incomes.
Good news Arun is freezing the council tax for a 6th year in succession, this can only be done because of prudent control of Council spending, But not many people realise that Arun only takes up 10% of the total Council tax, 80% goes to the County Council, about 8% to the Police Authority and the balance to parishes. Arun is the collecting authority on behalf of others so it appears they get all the money.

Arun is using some of it’s reserves to invest in a new Leisure Centre in Littlehampton, improvements to the Arun Leisure Centre and an upgrading of the existing Littlehampton sport & swimming centre’s changing rooms. There will be new parking ticket machines and Arun is investing £1m    into the new Lyminster Bypass, it’s building new Council Houses again, the first for 30 years and there is investment in the streetscape in Littlehampton and Bognor Regis as well as a number of Regeneration projects that will be decided on in the coming years.

All this is to be decided on in the Budget Council meeting on February the 24th, so when you read this the budget should be approved, it’s a budget for Growth and something that will underpin the local economy.

Arundel Town Council is investing £64k in their contribution towards the new flood defences which means increasing the precept by a total annual amount of £10 per annum, whilst any increase is difficult it is something I strongly support this as these new defences will give Arundel flood protection for the foreseeable future. I have to applaud the Town Council in taking this step as they have shown real leadership on their part. It is expected that Arun will invest about £96k and the County Council over £150k

Many of the parishes in the Arundel ward have followed Arun’s line in the last few years by not increasing their share of the Council Tax (Precept), which is something to be praised, but this is not the situation in Littlehampton and Bognor Regis where the town councils have been profligate in spending and increasing their precept to fund this, I am critical of the two Town Councils because they have continued to grow their own corporate and staff costs, whilst threatening to cut contributions to services like CCTV and Public Conveniences blaming Arun for a cutback in funding as their defence.

But Arun has reduced its staff base by 20% and taken cuts of 40% in it’s grants whilst until now Littlehampton Town Council and Bognor Regis Town Council have not experienced any austerity at all, whilst increasing their precept. UK Businesses have had to cut staff and costs as well as government, so it seems equitable that Littlehampton TC & Bognor Regis TC should do the same, Opposition Councillors argued that tax rises were good as it allowed them to maintain services, my argument is that we should do things differently, eg more for less which can be done if you approach the problem with a positive approach.  Arun District & Arundel Town Council can be held up as a good example of financial prudence... Until next month. Paul Dendle is Arundel Ward & Cabinet Member for Leisure & amenities on Arun District Council. His web address: www.Pauldendle.org email Pauldendle@aol.com

Monday, 26 January 2015

One Arundel

Roundabout being trialled in Berkshire.
I  recently attended the Arundel Town Council Traffic committee which is held at the Town Hall and is chaired by the Excellent Cllr Martyn Pettifer. I attend as District Councillor and a co opted observer. The committee which includes The Mayor Michael Tu, Town Councillors, Our County Councillor Nigel Peters, County Council officer Scott Judge, Kay Wagland of agenda 21 and Roger Everitt of the Arundel Community Partnership

Roger made a presentation on behalf of the ACP regarding his vision of One Arundel, when a new By-pass is built it provides the opportunities to re style key junctions,  to re-unite the town as one, to make Ford Road a dead end with no access to the By-Pass.

Arundel would be accessed by the old A27 either East or West, using the new By-pass to access Ford Road south of the By-pass (There would be no access North). 

Roger vision is for the Ford Road roundabout to become a single surface low speed area which would be pedestrian friendly, there are many examples of this type of re modelling in the UK as well as place like the Netherlands,

All these changes are not certain, but it gives the opportunity for the whole community to swing behind a positive shopping list agenda of positive  changes for a post Bypass future.

I made this point to Kay that we should all join forces to lobby government to get these changes adopted as part of the overall plan, I would also include some sort of earth bund around the western end to reduce noise to those houses that would be closest to the bypass, add all the previously mentioned  opportunities to develop a network of cycleway and foot paths.

It's a  vision  I completely support and I believe it's an agenda we can all swing behind as a community!   until next month,  Paul Dendle is Arundel Ward & Cabinet Member for Leisure 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

2015 Year of decision

Elections for Town, District and a General election.
In May 2015 there will be a General Election, elections for Arundel Town Council and District elections for Arun District Council.

I have stood as a Councillor since 2003 and in my election material in 2011

I pledged to support flood protection and this will be achieved in 2019 with the governments announcement of support for the LTRAS flood defences for Arundel,

I pledged to campaign for traffic calming in Pearson road, Canada Road and Jarvis Road, this will be achieved later in 2015 with two 20Mph zones one in the new town and one in the old town,

I pledged to campaign for an Arundel By Pass using the pink blue route and the government has pledged £250M for an off-line solution using the DOT's proffered route (Pink Blue route)

I also pledged to campaign for a cycle path from Arundel to Ford Station and this is a work in progress, and I hope we can get the money to provide this,

I pledged to continue with a weekly refuse collection, this was achieved and we will continue with that.

The one failure is a HGV ban on Ford road, but if the By-pass goes ahead then Ford Road will become a dead end and create a peaceful enclave of most of the New Town, so I ask that if you think I have done a good job then vote for me in May 2015, if you don't think I have done a good job then you have to consider voting for an alternative candidate,

I know not everyone agree's with my views, but hopefully you can respect my work ethic and my commitment to Arundel and the surrounding villages, democracy is a wonderful thing and we should celebrate that we can make a free choice,

I am green by instinct, but also commercially minded, hopefully something you will  & can support.

Until next month

Paul Dendle is Arundel Ward & Cabinet Member on Arun District Council. His web site is www.pauldendle.org and his email is pauldendle@aol.com

Monday, 1 December 2014

Governments £350M announcement on the A27 (Extract from the report)

I welcome the governments announcement on the A27 improvements which include an offline solution for an Arundel By-Pass, the important thing to remember is that there will be a public enquiry and full public consultation, the route which is still to be decided will start with the preferred route e.g. the Pink Blue route (Option A), the design and final details are all still to be decided, I welcome an open debate on this and would hope the Town Council can organise a balanced public meeting of local people from the existing Arundel ward..
Pink Blue route (Option A).

For info This is in Page 21 of the governments document which I have cut and pasted into this post.

"The A27
The A27 is the only east-west trunk road south of the M25. It links the key coastal urban areas between Portsmouth and Eastbourne with each other and the rest of the SRN. Over three quarters of a million people are concentrated in the urbanised coastal area. The route also runs along and through the South Downs National Park.

Over 60% of the 67 miles length of road is dual carriageway, while four stretches of the road remain single carriageway at Arundel, Worthing and east of Lewes. The local economy has strengths in advanced engineering, tourism and other sectors and has accommodated substantial growth over the past decade. Over 60,000 new homes and substantial employment growth are expected to be developed over
the next 15 years along the coast.

There are a variety of short and long distance trips along the route, but few travelling end to-end along the A27. The towns and cities attract additional traffic during the morning and evening peak hours and there are also seasonal increases in traffic. So, our aim is to address congestion at key hotspots, the delays for road users, separation of communities – notably in Arundel, Worthing and Lancing – air pollution, and an above average number of accidents. We are therefore announcing an investment package worth around £350 million and consisting of the following:

●● A27 Arundel bypass – a new dual carriageway bypass to link together the
two existing dual carriageway sections of the road. The starting point will be the
previous preferred route, subject to consultation with the National Park
Authority, local government and the public on this, and alternative options.

●● A27 Worthing and Lancing improvements – improvements to the capacity of the road and junctions along the stretch of single carriageway in Worthing and narrow lane dual carriageway in Lancing. The extent and scale of the improvements, including the option of full dualling, are to be agreed in
consultation with West Sussex County Council and the public.

●● A27 East of Lewes
– funding set aside pending further work on capacity increases following review of long term
growth plans in light of any recommendation made by the Airports Commission.
We will also develop sustainable transport measures at Arundel, Worthing, Lancing and
East of Lewes

Need a hotel

Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass

Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass