Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Productivity - My Sussex Local Article for October 2015

Economic argument for an Arundel Bypass is getting stronger. 
With all the talk about the UK's lagging productivity, France is 29% more productive than the UK, that's not because they work harder or longer hours, it's because France invested in roads, rail and airports whilst the UK engages in a hugely costly self absorbed debate discussing the rights and wrongs of any transport scheme, we waste endless hours and many millions of pounds towards Barristers, lobby groups and public inquiries whilst the rest of the world just gets on with it . 

Yes there needs to be a proper debate regarding our infrastructure but it needs to be time and cost limited, our civil service is part of the problem wrapping schemes up in rules and stifling technical requirements whilst the clock ticks.

I am in favour of HS2, not because we need a new high speed railway, but we need more capacity, incidentally, we should have chosen 180mph for HS2 (like the TGV in France) rather than 220mph which has increased cost and technical requirements.

Equally on Airports, we should have extra runways at Heathrow as well as Gatwick, at Heathrow the runway extension making two out of one made complete sense, Gatwick is the largest single runway airport in the world and desperately needs a second runway and Manston in Kent is an ideal extra airport for London, it has one of the best runways in the UK and already has a small terminal and it's only 16 miles from HS1 (Eurostar) but it's under threat to be redeveloped.

Locally, we need the A27 improvements and the Arundel By-pass, the closing of the A27 river bridge at Arundel impacts on our community and our local business surely this underpins the economic argument for our bypass. 

Our local rail needs improvement, the Arundel Chord which is a kilometer of new railway allowing Arun valley trains to turn left on to the coastal railway to Brighton and trains from Brighton to turn right to go up the Arun Valley line makes absolute economic sense, It would give resilience to all the south coast rail commuters giving an alternative route to London circumnavigating the Brighton line and Balcombe tunnel which has caused huge delays recently,

Until next month,

Paul Dendle is Arundel & Walberton ward and Cabinet Member for Leisure & Amenities on Arun District Council  email : Pauldendle@aol.com 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Weekly Waste Collection

You may have seen the recent stories about Arun considering dropping the weekly refuse collection,  Arun is in the process of tendering for a new cleansing contract starting in January 2017, this will cover street cleansing, Weekly refuse collection, street bins and public convenience cleansing.

In the debate at Cabinet I put forward the amendment to continue with weekly collections, I would like to explain why I did this and what my thinking is behind the decisions that we have made on your behalf. 

Arun and six other District Councils in West Sussex are the Collection authorities and West Sussex County Council is the Waste Authority.  One of the biggest challenges facing us is the EU rules on minimum recycling rates, We all have to be up to 50% recycling by 2020, if we don't we face fines from the EU.

Currently the weekly bin collection are taken to land fill, whereas the fortnightly Recycling bins contents are taken to the MRF at Ford, where it is separated and processed.

The recycling once sorted is sold to various manufacturers and Ford has a good reputation for the quality of its recyclables, currently Arun gets a £850k rebate for the sale of these.

Over the next few months the new MBT ( Mechanical Biological Treatment) plant at Horsham will start taking the weekly residual waste that currently goes to Land Fill and this will be processed at the new plant, the food waste will go to an anaerobic digester to power the plant and the remnants of this will go to create fertiliser, Metals will be extracted for recycling and non recyclable plastic will be processed into pellets for incinerators generating electricity from waste.  Any left over waste will go to landfill.

Within the tendering process of the new Arun cleansing contract there is an option to switch to a weekly food waste collection and a fortnightly residual waste, whilst also continuing with fortnightly recycling collection.   This option will not be possible for a number of years because West Sussex County Council can't yet receive food waste which will be counted toward our recycling target  which is critical to avoid the EU fines. 

So whilst I support continuing the weekly collection currently, there is an option to save money by introducing weekly food waste collections and reduce the residual waste to fortnightly, Arun needs to make millions in savings in the next few years, If we can hit the 50% target on recycling and also continue a weekly collection of sorts by collecting food waste, collecting residual and recycling on a fortnightly basis as well as saving money then we will have pulled off a tricky balancing act

Until Next Month,   Paul Dendle is Arundel & Walberton Ward Member as well as Cabinet member for Leisure & Amenities on Arun DC.  Tel. no: 07725369841  email cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Leisure decisions

As Cabinet member I am responsible for Leisure provision, Arun is planning to build a new Sports and swimming centre in Littlehampton, Consultants helped us short list the possible sites down to either the existing site (Land adjacent to the existing building) or a possible new site which is on the A259 between the Morrison’s and the Bodyshop roundabout at the junction where the new Lyminster by-pass will insect with the A259.
I have been having a running argument with Littlehampton residents who say that they want to keep the centre at the existing site, I want to find the best site which is why we have some experts looking at two sites and coming up with a recommendation. I will support that recommendation whatever decision the Consultants recomend, it will be then for Councillors to make a decision, Many Littlehampton residents predominantly elderly have attacked me for not taking note of their opinion
But I have rightly been making the case that the whole District will be paying for the new centre so it should be the whole district that we consult on that decision.
Sport England advises on the best designs for new leisure centres.

I seem to be the bĂȘte noire of certain Littlehampton residents, I received considerable flack for the cuts we had to make to Inspire Leisure’s grant which resulted in them closing the Windmill Cinema, but with Arun’s officers help we managed to find a new Cinema operator and persuade Inspire Leisure to let the Windmill to this operator, The Windmill re-opened a year and a half ago with a new community model which is now making money rather than loosing £125,000 a year and having to be supported by Council tax payers.
I have always been a cost cutter in my business life, I reorganised the Councils buildings reducing them from 8 to 5 and bringing all the various receptions to a central area with comfortable seating, electronic queuing and television for waiting customers.
The Government will continue to cut our grant and we need to find new ways to deliver quality services for less money, I believe this gives us opportunity to introduce new technological ways of servicing residents

Until next Month, Paul Dendle is Arundel & Walberton Ward and Cabinet member for Leisure & Amenities on Arun DC. Email: cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk tel 07725359841 web site: www.pauldendle.org

Friday, 26 June 2015

Housing numbers

I want to speak regarding the local plan and the various difficult decisions that local Councillors have to make in the coming months.  It's a very complex situation, but I will attempt to try and explain the situation.

You may or may not be aware of the Local Plan process and the need for each planning authority to come up with a Local Plan which links to the local Neighbourhood plans.  The Local Plan will govern housing and economic development for the next 15 years.  The plan has to be supported by evidence and so there are numerous studies that go to back up any plan.

As you may recall I had previously supported the Local Plan numbers of 580 houses per annum, not because I want 580 houses locally, but because if we don't have a valid plan in place then we are leaving the District open to Planning by appeal.  If Councillors reject a planning application the applicant can  appeal to the local Planning inspectorate in Bristol., Some times it takes tens of thousands of pounds to defend an appeal and If you don't have a valid Local Plan in place,then the Planning Inspectorate can over rule local Councillors and grant the appeal and the application would be approved without any recourse.  But also Developers could pick off the best greenfield sites without providing any infrastructure.

As previously mentioned the Housing numbers have to be backed by evidence, recently an up to date OAN has been run (Objectively Assessed Housing Numbers)and it has come out with a much higher figure than before, the figure is a ludicrously high figure of  up to 758pa., this could result in us having to build locally over 11,000 houses over the next 15 years, e.g. an extra 2670 houses over what we have already agreed.

This can also happen if the Local Authority does not have a five year land supply  in place, this is where a calculation is made with regard to Planning application approvals (yet to be built) totalling a total of 580 houses per annum x 5 years e.g. equalling  2900 houses, but rather than use our numbers (580pa) they use the higher OAN figure (758pa) to calculate the 5 year land supply figure which skews the numbers in favour of the Developers.

Unfortunately we  have a system where we have an over powerful Planning Inspectorate, we have economic pressure from the Treasury, Pressure from developers and a homeless charity sector lobbying for houses to cater for demand of up to 250,000 houses a year.   Councillors only line of defence is getting a valid local Plan in place ASAP, the longer we take in agreeing the plan, the greater pressure will build for even greater numbers.

I believe our first and most important priority is getting a plan in place what ever it takes, at the same time trying to defend sites which are inappropriate for new housing.,  I campaigned against development of the Horses Field site in Arundel and based on current evidence I am minded to object to the the large Fontwell planning application.

Councillors are attempting to  try and hold the line by agreeing a new higher figure of 641 houses, strategically I believe this is the best course of action, but the Planning Inspector may not accept this new figure and if that happens, we will have to go away and find new ways of achieving the higher ONS figure, this is something I will find totally unacceptable. Until next month!

Paul Dendle is the Arundel & Walberton Ward Councillor and also Cabinet member for Leisure & Amenities on Arun DC.  Email address is cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk  and his mobile is 07725359841.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

New Cleansing contract

We had the first seminar to help to inform Councillors regrading the current contract and factors that will impact on letting a new 10 year contract, plenty to chew over and help in that process.  This is one of the most important contracts the Council enters into, current spending is £4.9M pa, so we are talking about letting a contract of well over £45M

I think the most disappointing fact was that no opposition members attended, 5 Lib Dems, 2 Independent and 1 Labour were all missing

When we join the debate to make the final decision will the opposition members be informed enough to make the right judgement?

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Arundel Station Cycle Path - The plan

This is the WSCC plan for the Arundel station Cycle Path, sorry had to convert PDF to JPG, but you will get the gist of the route.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Post Election (My Sussex Local Monthly report for June 2014)

Every 18-20 years there is an election that is ground breaking and the political ramifications are seismic. I believe the recent General Election is such an election; it was as much a surprise to me as you that the Conservatives got an overall majority. One thing is now sure, that we will get our by-pass, but the route and ALL the details are still to be decided and fully consulted on, I know some people have mentioned a concrete flyover similar to Shoreham, but this is speculative nonsense,
Arundel & Walberton Ward is a huge area and includes Arundel, Burpham, 
Wepham, Poling. Lyminster, Crossbush, Blakehurst, Houghton, Madehurst, 
Slindon, Walberton, Warningcamp South Stoke, Offham,Peppering, Fontwell, 
& parts of Eastergate, Angmering & Aldingbourne

I have heard that the first shovel won't be in the ground until 2021 and the By-Pass won't be completed until 2023, this seems a very long time to me, but I don’t think the government can be accused of rushing ahead without forethought.

On the local election, myself, Norman Dingemans and Robert Wheal were elected to the Arundel & Walberton ward as your District councillors, Thank you for your support and votes, we are committed to keeping your council tax low, to protect your countryside from inappropriate development and our focus on this will be across the whole ward, we will increase recycling, continue to promote cycling initiatives, some of you may not have voted for us, but we will serve all the residents in the best way we can,

The town Council elections were interesting this time round as there were so many candidates (23) stood for the 12 seats, the following councillors got elected, Lucy Ashworth,Matt Bodimeade, Wendy Eve, Lorinda Monaghan, Karin Moorhouse, Mark Phillips, Angela Standing, James Stewart, Michael Tu, Kay Wagland, Anne Harriott, Colin Heriot,

I look forward to working with them all, they normally meet most Thursdays at 7pm at the Town Hall, it's always good when members of the public come along and ask questions at the beginning of the meeting, so I hope to see some of you there.

I think all people were agreed that the election campaign was too long, but our democracy is something we can be very proud of, many other countries look at the integrity of our process with envy, it’s something to cherish, the British people have spoken and it's something to celebrate!

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 38.4%, 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 near 50% rate.  Also the new mechanical recovery unit will come on line in August and this will boost recycling even further by treating waste into some recyclables and redirecting it away from Land-fill.

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.”

Your Council

Your Council
Arun District Councillors first meeting after election

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Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass

Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass