​Wildlife to be destroyed by blinkered decision making

​Wildlife to be destroyed by blinkered decision making

Short sightedness and an obsessive belief that we must build our way out of congestion is going to mean irreparable damage to some of our most valuable wildlife.

Highways England’s announcement today (11 May 2018) to plough ahead with option 5A of the Arundel Bypass will result in the destruction of woodland, ancient hedgerows and rare chalk stream habitat which is simply irreplaceable. Today’s statement proposes modifications to the design consulted on. These modifications aim to reduce some particular environmental and heritage concerns but I am frustrated that this option was even on the table in the first place.

It is hard to see what modifications could possibly make this an acceptable loss of our Natural Environment. It is tragic to see important decisions like this taken with such a lack of innovation. This is the 21st Century and we have a road scheme fit for the 1980s.

We are appalled to hear that such an environmentally damaging decision has been made by a Government department that represents the national ambition of ‘global leadership in protecting the natural environment’. We need to employ a strategic approach to transport along the South Coast. We need modern solutions which give people the travel choices they need that reflect the modern world and our need to protect and enhance our environment.

Read our sustainable transport policy here.


  • Christopher Glanfield:

    11 May 2018 20:05:23

    This is disgusting news from backward thinking people.

  • chere Lee Claxton:

    11 May 2018 22:14:08

    Could a sanctuary be opened to enhance the wildlife and to generate money for their upkeep?

  • Sally Hayward:

    11 May 2018 22:59:26

    Infrastructure is sadly lacking with regard to the new builds locally 1000s of box type houses with, apparently no cohesive plan. So,why is it thought acceptable to disregard ancient woodland, a site designated SSSI, in order to fulfil the councillors’ appeasement processes?

  • Claire Huber:

    14 May 2018 16:34:22

    Absolutely disgusted and saddened

  • Alex Lee:

    15 May 2018 06:52:14

    Disgraceful and extremely shortsighted!

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