The Bognor Observer published this week an interview with Cllr Ricky Bower.
He is quoted as saying that :-
“the notorious site for traffic delays would be a bad memory for motorists within 16 years”
That’s quite a time to wait for an improvement. The article did mention that “up to” 2000 houses would be needed to pay for the mythical road in the far future. Notice that “up to” was used rather than 2,230 which is the actual number.
Mr Bower also stated the following :-
“It will be gone by 2028”, he said. “The bottom line is that as far as this council is concerned, the Woodgate crossing has to be bridged”
“How it’s to be bridged I’m happy and I believe the council is happy to leave the decision to the residents of that area which is most likely to be affected by it. But the Woodgate Crossing must go”
This is a very strange statement and hardly makes any sense at all. Is he saying that the residents of this area should decide how to bridge the crossing themselves, which is really a bit beyond us, or, is he saying that we should fight among ourselves to decide on the best route for the road ? Either way the Council appears quite happy to let us decide for ourselves. He also seems to be very unsure about the route of the proposed road. Is this a very fair way to present a Local Plan to residents who are left uncertain which route a proposed road will take ? Why has this been done ?
Are Mr Bower’s statements an indication that he expects us all to fight each other in order to prevent a road across our own patch, thus taking the pressure off Arun District Council?
This appears to mean that the Council does not care at all for the residents of this area and effectively has said that the crossing must go whatever the cost to your local area and quality of life. The article also shows a complete disregard for the opinions of the local populace. The Consultation Period has only just opened and the Council has already reached its conclusion before we have had a chance to say anything. This does not bode well for the Consultation Process.
This statement should be a clear rallying call for the residents of Barnham, Eastergate, Westergate and Aldingbourne to UNITE against Arun District Council’s plans for this area.
They seem determined to destroy our area with 2230 houses for the far future promise of a road. What sort of a promise is that ?
Would you believe a 16 year promise from any politician today ?
So, in summary, what Mr Bower and Arun District Council seem to be offering us all, is up to 16 years(from 2014) of continually worsening traffic jams and pollution, with massive house building throughout the Villages and a promise that one day, a road may be built to relieve the terrible jams. The only problem is that the road, if and when it comes would be far too late because the area would already have double or triple the amount of traffic compared to today due to 4,000 extra cars from the new houses plus extra Bognor traffic that would come with any bypass and bridge. A true nightmare scenario.
The Consultation Process has already begun and if you want to see a video of Cllr Bower explaining Arun’s plans for the future then just click here onto the Arun DC website
The Proposal Maps may be found here.
It would greatly assist our campaign if you would make your views and opinions known to your local Councillors and MP (Nick Herbert), as well as some of the chief architects of the Local Plan and the Government. Please do not be complacent because with or without a bypass our area is being targeted for housing development.
You could ask, where is your democratic choice as to where the houses are built? There is only one choice – the Villages. Also, whatever happened to Option 1 which was the lower rate of house building of 400 per annum.
Or, Why are you targeting Prime agricultural land when there are many suitable Brownfield sites in the district. ? At a time of growing food shortages it is morally wrong to cover such irreplaceable food growing land with concrete, when there are suitable brownfield areas elsewhere.
You could also ask where is all the extra flood water going to end up when we have more deluges with even less Green fields to absorb it. To concrete land North of Bognor Regis and Felpham is surely madness when the last floods recently were blamed upon the Aldingbourne Rife !
Please copy your emails to Cllr Bower and Cllr Brown and the Dept of Communities and Local Gov (for record purposes).
Your 3 local Councillors for Barnham Ward are:-
Cllr. Dougal Maconachie Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MP Nick Herbert:- Westminster House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA Tel: 020 7219 4080 Email: email@example.com
Send copies to the following :-
Cllr Ricky Bower, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org