Adur District Council, Worthing Borough Council and West Sussex County Council Candidates Views on the A27 - 2021

We wrote to all Adur District Council, Worthing Borough Council and West Sussex County Council candidates standing for election around the Worthing, Sompting and Lancing area which include or are very close to the A27.  The letter was sent to candidates in the following wards and county council divisions:

Adur District Council

- Cokeham

- Manor

- Peverel

Worthing Borough Council

- Broadwater

- Durrington

- Northbrook

- Offington

- Salvington

West Sussex County Council:

- Broadwater

- Cissbury

- Durrington and Salvington

- Lancing

- Northbrook

- Sompting and North Lancing

Dear Candidate,

 

Your views about changes to the A27

 

You may be aware that I chair a residents’ action group campaigning for a proper relief road around Worthing.  We are a non-political organisation - our focus is on one issue.  We would be interested to know what all Worthing Borough Council, Adur District Council and West Sussex County Council candidates’ views are on the A27.

 

We plan to publish all of the candidates’ responses (in wards which are close to the A27) to this message on our website which you may wish to view at www.bypassnota27throughpass.org

 

To be fair to all candidates, all prospective candidates are being contacted in the same way and at the same time.  Responses will be added to the website in the order in which they are received.  This is a very unsubtle way of suggesting that the quicker you reply, the quicker your response will appear on the website. 

 

A holding message beside each candidate’s name from whom we have not yet received a response will also appear, for example:

Ward Name A

Candidate Name and Party 1 - Response listed below

Candidate Name and Party 2 – Awaiting response etc

 

The Bypass Not A27 Throughpass Residents’ Action Group’s objectives are:

 

  • To stop the dualling of the present A27 route through the middle of Worthing.

  • To achieve a Bypass for Worthing, Sompting and Lancing.

 

Question to Answer – What are your views?

 

I look forward to your reply.

 

Yours sincerely

Jack Delbridge

Chair

ByPass not A27 Throughpass residents’ action group

 

Candidates replies are listed below in the order in which they appear on the Adur and Worthing Councils' Website

Adur District Council

 

Cokeham

AULTON Richard, Labour Party

Awaiting response

GROVES WILLIAMS Peter Gunnar, Green Party

I do not support the expansion of the A27 through Worthing. This short term solution would split the town into two, constrain access to homes and have a negative impact on non- polluting and healthy forms of transport such as walking and cycling.

The Green Party proposes long term sustainable approaches to traffic

management- traffic control measures to reduce “rat running”, cycle paths and safe pavements to encourage the use of cycles and walking, particularly during rush hour and school pick up and drop off times and improved, accessible forms of public transport. Specifically, we believe that a light rail route ( tram or driverless train) plus a proper cycle route along the A27 could significantly reduce the need for so many cars.

WILKINSON Rob, Conservative Party

I am united with my fellow Conservative candidate in Sompting to provide a single response on behalf of the people of Peverel and Cokeham wards. As Sompting residents, we are painfully aware of the problems the A27 already causes - any proposed "improvements" to create a "throughpass" would inevitably worsen the rat-running, speeding on local streets and pollution.

A sensitive and sensible route for a real bypass is the only long term sustainable solution and we support the overall aims of campaign groups such as yours. At the same time we recognise that there needs to be significant discussion with Highways England to formulate a route that respects and protects the natural beauty of the Countryside that we all value.

Manor

ALBURY Carson Randolph, Conservative Party

Awaiting response

CARDEN Steven, Labour Party

Awaiting response

CREED Steve, Liberal Democrat

Awaiting response

RUMBLE Maggie, Green Party

I do not support the expansion of the A27 through Worthing. This short term solution would split the town into two, constrain access to homes and have a negative impact on non- polluting and healthy forms of transport such as walking and cycling.

The Green Party proposes long term sustainable approaches to traffic

management- traffic control measures to reduce “rat running”, cycle paths and safe pavements to encourage the use of cycles and walking, particularly during rush hour and school pick up and drop off times and improved, accessible forms of public transport. Specifically, we believe that a light rail route ( tram or driverless train) plus a proper cycle route along the A27 could significantly reduce the need for so many cars.

Peverel

BARTON Vee, Conservative Party

I am united with my fellow Conservative candidate in Sompting to provide a single response on behalf of the people of Peverel and Cokeham wards. As Sompting residents, we are painfully aware of the problems the A27 already causes - any proposed "improvements" to create a "throughpass" would inevitably worsen the rat-running, speeding on local streets and pollution.

A sensitive and sensible route for a real bypass is the only long term sustainable solution and we support the overall aims of campaign groups such as yours. At the same time we recognise that there needs to be significant discussion with Highways England to formulate a route that respects and protects the natural beauty of the Countryside that we all value.

FINNEGAN Lynn Marie, Green Party

I do not support the expansion of the A27 through Worthing. This short term solution would split the town into two, constrain access to homes and have a negative impact on non- polluting and healthy forms of transport such as walking and cycling.

The Green Party proposes long term sustainable approaches to traffic

management- traffic control measures to reduce “rat running”, cycle paths and safe pavements to encourage the use of cycles and walking, particularly during rush hour and school pick up and drop off times and improved, accessible forms of public transport. Specifically, we believe that a light rail route ( tram or driverless train) plus a proper cycle route along the A27 could significantly reduce the need for so many cars.

HUMPHREY Keith John, Liberal Democrat

Awaiting response

PAGE Anne, Labour Party

Awaiting response

Worthing Borough Council

 

Broadwater

APSEY John Christopher, Liberal Democrat

Awaiting response

BATTSON Richard Denham, Green Party

Awaiting response

GLYNN-DAVIES, Cathy, Labour Party

Awaiting response

 

THOMSON, Paisley Grace, Conservative Party

Awaiting response

Durrington

COXHILL Dan, Conservative Party

Thank you for contacting me regarding what is a very important issue not just for the people of Worthing, but for the whole of Sussex as well. I support what the Bypass not A27 Throughpass group are aiming to achieve in obtaining a much-required relief road for our town. One of the key priorities I want to champion on the council is protecting our local environment. Reducing pollution and improving air quality is key to this ambition, with reductions in congestion benefitting not just the local economy, but residents’ health too. Please be assured that this is a very important issue to me and I will do all I can to support it.

DARRALL James Edward Raymond, Green Party

Awaiting response

MCKNIGHT Graham James, Labour Party

With the need for more housing comes the need for more infrastructure such as GP surgeries, schools, and changes to transport routes and services. I am a frequent user of public transport and regularly make use of bus and rail networks. Growing up as a boy in Littlehampton I remember there being one car on each driveway, then two, and now some households have three or more cars each. Much needed but poorly marketed new housing developments in the local area have brought or will bring with them heavier road usage unless we make changes. I do not think that chronic traffic congestion can be solved by expanding existing roads alone; we must also consider changing our habits where we can by making use of public transport options which need to offer greater incentives rather than increasingly unaffordable ticket price rises for many local residents. There is a environmental imperative in the equation as well - we know that we must take better care of mother nature and make impactful reductions in our carbon emissions if we are to avoid the worst predicted scenarios of global warming. I believe that the responsibility for this is ultimately with national and local government, and can see how merely expanding roads to accommodate increasing private and commercial vehicle usage does not fit into the environmentally conscious equation. We must take a more dynamic approach to solving this problem. 
 

NORTON Emma Kate, Liberal Democrat

Awaiting response

Northbrook

ALLAN Ingrid Kristina Kathleen, Labour Party

Awaiting response

COCHRAN, Russ, Conservative Party

Awaiting response

PEARCE Joe, Green Party

Awaiting response

SUNDERLAND, Keith Derick Riley, Liberal Democrat

Awaiting response

Offington

ABRAHAMS Helen Leonie, Labour Party

Awaiting response

HARTE Iona Rachel, Liberal Democrat

Awaiting response

 

MALLIN Sonya Lynne, Green Party

Awaiting response

SPARKES Elizabeth, Conservative Party

Thank you for contacting me and asking for my views on the A27. This is a very important issue for those of us who live in Worthing and particularly those of us who live close to the road. As a resident of Charmandean, I have made my opposition to any dualling of the current route of the A27 well known. I will never agree to or support any proposal to divide Worthing in half with a dual carriageway. I fully support the aims of your action group and will do all that I can to help you to meet its objectives. At the most recent meeting with Highways England, it was stated that they have considered my suggestion to remove the traffic lights at Grove Lodge and place a footbridge over the roundabout to ensure safe passage for pedestrians and that this now forms part of their current thinking. This would improve traffic flow considerably and lift the air pollution created by fumes from stationary traffic through a residential area. We all know how the traffic movement improves when the lights are out of action. This goes to show how working together and persistence results in being listened to by the decision making authorities. I look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve our ultimate aim of a bypass for Worthing.

Salvington

CRANEFIELD Jackie, Liberal Democrat

Awaiting response

NOWAK Richard Edward, Conservative Party

Thank you for your letter. As you know I am a member of the "Bypass not A27 Throughpass" residents action group and fully support its aims and objectives.  As I have stated in my election literature I do not support merely tinkering with existing road junctions - we deserve a proper bypass for our town and this is long overdue. The health and wellbeing of our residents is not helped by the continuous congestion and pollution caused by slow moving and stationary traffic, neither are businesses well served by inadequate road infrastructure.

Coming out of the coronavirus pandemic our aim should be to Build Back Better and that means a proper bypass for Worthing.

RHODES Stephen, Green Party

Awaiting response

SKINNER Lysanne Charlotte, Labour Party

Thank you for your letter asking for all candidates opinions on the proposed A27 widening.  I am in complete agreement with you, and your residents action group.
The A27 through Worthing town is woefully lacking is suitable infrastructure to manage with our current levels of traffic at peak times, let alone once IKEA is built and people come flocking from all over Sussex!  It's going to be horrendous. 

A bypass is long overdue and to my mind is the only sensible solution to reduce traffic and pollution in our town.  Not to mention the knock on effects this would have for making our roads safer for our children and young people.
If elected as Worthing Borough Councillor for Salvington I would be happy to endorse your group and aid you in your fight for our town.
Thank you for the work you are already doing.

West Sussex County Council:

 

Broadwater

APSEY John Christopher, Liberal Democrat

Awaiting response

BATTSON Richard Denham, Green Party

Awaiting response

SMITH Dawn Sherralyn, Labour Party

Awaiting response

TURNER Bryan William, Conservative Party

Awaiting response

Cissbury

CHOUDHURY Ibsha Ahmed, Labour Party

Awaiting response

CLARK Mick, The For Britain Movement

Many thanks for your letter, regarding my views on the possibility of a bypass for the Worthing area.

My electoral agent, to whose address you dropped off your letter, remembers coming to your house for a meeting when he was a County Councillor back in the 2013-17 period (maybe 2014?) on this very subject. Our local MP, Tim Loughton, was also present that evening. Here we are seven years or so further down the track and nothing has been done whatsoever.

I remember very well my own term as a County Councillor between 2013-17 and the constant discussions about improvements to the A27 through West Sussex as a whole.

As much as I support a proper bypass around Worthing, one needs to understand that this is a national issue, as the A27 is a national trunk road, outside of the auspices of West Sussex County Council.

Alas, in a country where the Government is over £2 trillion in debt, the likelihood of any deluxe solution to the grinding traffic problems through Worthing is ever more remote. Even the cheaper solution of improving all of the roundabouts between Lancing and West Worthing has come to nothing during these recent years.

One of your group's objectives is to "stop the dualling of the present A27 route through the middle of Worthing". I feel that you will be highly successful in this, because even during the buoyant years of 2013-2019 the Government did nothing to materialise such an improvement scheme. I cannot believe the outlook is any more positive now. In fact it is non-existent. As for the Full Monty solution (through the South Downs National Park to boot), it is simply not going to happen in our lifetimes.

What I won't do, Mr. Delbridge, is offer you a lot of political obfuscation. I hope my honesty is not taken as disinterest, apathy or undue negativity, though I realise that the truth is not always popular.

DAWE Julie, Green Party

Awaiting response

HARTE Iona Rachel, Liberal Democrat

Awaiting response

SPARKES Elizabeth, Conservative Party

​Thank you for contacting me and asking for my views on the A27. This is a very important issue for those of us who live in Worthing and particularly those of us who live close to the road. As a resident of Charmandean, I have made my opposition to any dualling of the current route of the A27 well known. I will never agree to or support any proposal to divide Worthing in half with a dual carriageway. I fully support the aims of your action group and will do all that I can to help you to meet its objectives. At the most recent meeting with Highways England, it was stated that they have considered my suggestion to remove the traffic lights at Grove Lodge and place a footbridge over the roundabout to ensure safe passage for pedestrians and that this now forms part of their current thinking. This would improve traffic flow considerably and lift the air pollution created by fumes from stationary traffic through a residential area. We all know how the traffic movement improves when the lights are out of action. This goes to show how working together and persistence results in being listened to by the decision making authorities. I look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve our ultimate aim of a bypass for Worthing.

Durrington and Salvington

ATKINS Noel Anthony, Conservative Party

As a member of the 'Bypass not A27 Throughpass residents action group', I encourage everyone to join and support the campaign to get a proper bypass for our town, which is long overdue. It is essential that the congestion and pollution caused by slow moving and stationary traffic is addressed by a proper bypass, and the cost to the community of delayed business journeys is reduced.

I totally support the continuing campaign to push for a northern bypass for the town.

I believe that Worthing Deserves Better.

DARRALL James Edward Raymond, Green Party

Awaiting response

NORTON Emma Kate, Liberal Democrat

Awaiting response

SILMAN Helen Jane, Labour Party

Awaiting response

Lancing

COWEN Lee, Labour Party

Awaiting response

MARTIN Doris, Liberal Democrat

Awaiting response

MCGREGOR Andy, Conservative Party

Awaiting response

WHITING Russell Lewis, Green Party

Awaiting response

 

Northbrook

ALLAN Ingrid Kristina Kathleen, Labour Party

Awaiting response

MCDONALD Sean Anthony, Conservative Party

Awaiting response

PEARCE Joe, Green Party

Awaiting response

WILTSHIRE Nick, Liberal Democrat

Awaiting response

Sompting and North Lancing

ALBURY Carson Randolph, Conservative Party

Awaiting response

FINNIGAN Lynn Marie, Green Party

I do not support the expansion of the A27 through Worthing. This short term solution would split the town into two, constrain access to homes and have a negative impact on non- polluting and healthy forms of transport such as walking and cycling.

The Green Party proposes long term sustainable approaches to traffic

management- traffic control measures to reduce “rat running”, cycle paths and safe pavements to encourage the use of cycles and walking, particularly during rush hour and school pick up and drop off times and improved, accessible forms of public transport. Specifically, we believe that a light rail route ( tram or driverless train) plus a proper cycle route along the A27 could significantly reduce the need for so many cars.

GLENNON Mike, The For Britain Movement

Thank you for your letter, concerning my views on the prospect of a northern bypass around the Worthing, Sompting and Lancing area.

I remember coming to your home for a meeting when I was County Councillor for Lancing back in the 2013-17 period (around 2014?) on this very subject. Our local MP, Tim Loughton, was also present that evening. Here we are in 2021 and sadly nothing has been done in any shape or form.

During my term as a County Councillor I recall the perpetual discussions about improvements to the A27 through West Sussex as a whole. Although I support a fit-for-purpose bypass, we need to realise that this is a central government issue, as the A27 is a national trunk road, outside of the control of West Sussex County Council. Any new bypass would become and remain a national status trunk road by definition.

Unfortunately, in a land where the Government is over £2000,000,000,000 in debt (the zeros seem to lose all meaning after a while, don't they?), the chances of any proper solution to the excruciating traffic congestion through this part of the county are falling steadily. Even the lower-cost proposal of improving the five major pinch-points between the Manor roundabout in the east and the A27/A24 roundabout in the west has come to nothing during these recent years.

One of your group's objectives is to "stop the dualling of the present A27 route through the middle of Worthing". I feel (happily for you maybe) that you are pushing at an open door, because even during the prosperous years of 2013-2019 the Government did nothing to instigate even this cheaper scheme. Now, after a year of economic paralysis, tumbling revenue receipts and the prospect of major global financial crises ahead, I sense the outlook is considerably worse, so the Grand Solution (also through the South Downs National Park) is simply not going to happen.

It is important that I offer you a wholly realistic view, rather than the sort of political sweet talk that our communities have come to expect from candidates. If the latter is held to be more palatable, there will be plenty of it available elsewhere, no doubt.

GLYNN DAVIES Cathy, Labour Party

Awaiting response

MALE Steve, Liberal Democrat

Awaiting response