How to Respond

The Sussex Wildlife Trust have responded in detail to the consultation to give a voice to the wildlife that will be irreversibly impacted by the proposals - read our response: Sussex Wildlife Trust Objection to Arundel A27 Bypass

But we need your help so that National Highways knows that we all want better not bigger roads in Sussex, that don’t destroy what’s left of our wonderful wildlife. 

You can help STOP this damaging scheme by responding to the consultation by Tuesday 8th March.

It is easiest to email your comments to: [email protected]

We've provided information on the Sussex Wildlife Trust's main concerns below. Please visit the Stop the Arundel Bypass website for more information on local resident's concerns which covers wider issues.

Or you can fill out the online feedback form. This consists of a number of questions, and we recommend that you:

Answer Question 1 with a 'yes'

Loss and damage to nature affects everyone, whether you live locally or not. We are in the midst of a climate and ecological emergency and simply shouldn't be spending hundreds of millions of pounds building carbon-emitting, nature-destroying new roads. 

Answer Question 2 with a ‘yes’ and then use these bullet points to help fill out the comment box:

  • No recent detailed ecological survey information or hydrological modelling has been provided with the consultation - without this we cannot assess National Highways’ claims there will be minimal wildlife impacts
  • There is not enough information about how surveys have been undertaken, so we cannot assess whether best practice has been followed. If this work hasn’t been carried out correctly, the results are invalid and cannot be relied upon to draw any meaningful conclusions
  • It is not clear that the preferred 'grey' route has been informed by surveys, as most of the previous surveys from before 2019 were looking at areas impacted by alternative route ideas. For example, this route cuts across Binsted Rife in a completely different location than previous proposals
  • There is no detail on which elements of the proposal are affecting which areas: for example, haulage routes are required to build the road but we haven’t been told where these will go, so cannot assess their potentially significant impact
  • 15 species of bat use the area – these are nationally significant populations that will be severed by a duel carriageway National Highways is proposing to create two "green bridges" to reduce wildlife impacts, particularly for bats – but has not provided any information to demonstrate that these will be effective in terms of their location and design. It is critical to get this right, and without thorough assessment, these could prove to be extremely costly mistakes. (It's important to note that these "green bridges" still have roads on them, they are just a bit wider with more habitat on one side)
  • The impacts on some ancient woodlands and ancient and veteran trees remain unknown. Despite claims that there will be no direct destruction of these irreplaceable habitats, they remain at risk of degradation and deterioration if the new road goes ahead. This is not acceptable.

Please also answer Question 8 stating ‘I object to the whole scheme’ and give one or more reasons in your own words. Things you could highlight include:

Remember anyone can respond to this consultation, more than once if need be, raising any issues.

What else can you do?

For more information about the proposal, please see our webpage