Following the withdrawal of funding for the A27 Chichester upgrade, Polegate’s MP has called for unity to secure improvements to the road between Polegate and Lewes.
The Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP, cancelled the Chichester scheme and its £280m funding after he concluded that there was absolutely no cohesion between the local councils and the resident campaigns and therefore the shortlisted options for the scheme were deemed too ‘controversial’.
This is a transparent warning that a fractured relationship between local authorities and residents regarding their vision for road improvements will result in total failure.
Therefore, as the Chairman of the A27 Reference Group, Maria has implored that there be unity and full cooperation between Lewes residents, councillors, local authorities and businesses, so that the same fate does not condemn the plans for the A27 Lewes to Polegate scheme.
Maria commented, “The cancellation of the Chichester scheme was the result of a complete lack of a coherent vision of what the area wanted from the upgrade, mainly due to an absence of community cohesion and leadership. As the Chairman of the A27 Reference Group, I refuse to let this happen to us with the Lewes to Polegate stretch.”
“I therefore want to reach out to all of the residents to which this upgrade will affect, the businesses in the area, the councillors and authorities involved; and I want to say to you all that we need to be united in our approach.
“Success can only be achieved if there is full cooperation between all of us and that we approach it with an effective and unified strategy.”