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.