ACT NOW - Protect ancient woodland from the A27

(Photo: Lorraine Heaysman / WTML)

The A27 bypass proposals threaten a huge area of ancient woodland.

Arundel in West Sussex is famous for its commanding medieval castle, gothic cathedral and rich abundance of old woodland that surrounds much of this market town. Disturbingly, 24 hectares (60 acres) of this ancient woodland is now under threat from a destructive bypass scheme.

Highways England recently launched a consultation on how to deal with congestion in the centre of Arundel. They have put forward three options for a bypass:

  • Option 1 – Destroys 5.5ha of ancient woodland
  • Option 3 – Destroys 24ha of ancient woodland
  • Option 5a – Destroys 6ha of ancient woodland

This is unacceptable. Local people should not be asked to pick between which destructive scheme they prefer. Any solution to traffic issues should consider the bigger picture, working in harmony with the surrounding natural environment.

We have until 16 October to urge Highways England to think again.

They need to consider alternative options such as public transport investment, junction improvements, avoidance and even tunnelling.

These ancient woods are unique and irreplaceable. Full of oak and hazel, they are teaming with important wildlife, such as white admiral butterflies, Bechstein’s bats and nightjars.

Act now and voice your objection.