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Environmentalists and cyclists against road campaign

The Argus: Environmentalists and cyclists against road campaign Environmentalists and cyclists against road campaign

Environmental and cycling groups are calling on councillors not to back a new road building campaign.

Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth and Bricycles are both calling on Brighton and Hove City councillors to reject a notice to support the newly formed A27 Action Campaign at tomorrow’s council meeting.

The proposal has been put forward by Conservative group leader Geoffrey Theobald for the city council to join numerous other local authorities in backing the new campaign.

A27 Action was launched last month to put pressure on the Government to fund improvements to ease traffic around Chichester, Arundel and Worthing.

Coun Theobald in proposing the motion said that Brighton and Hove City Council would add “considerable weight” to the campaign.

But Brighton and Hove Friends Of The Earth say that increasing capacity of the A27would be extremely costly, would not be in the interests of the city and are sceptical that the road building would boost economic growth.

Chris Todd from the group said that much of the traffic on the A27 is local traffic and required local transport solutions not big new roads.

He added: “Many councillors spent years supporting the creation of the South Downs National Park. Now they risk throwing much of that away if they support the A27 Action Campaign.

"This group’s aim to see the A27 dualled along its whole length would be extremely costly economically and environmentally.

"If successful, it could then lead to more roadbuilding around Brighton and Hove and cause huge damage to the South Downs.”

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1:02pm Wed 16 Jul 14

We love Red Billy says...

Calling Mx Lucas, the yellow lemon bus is leaving for the next protest camp. @gzunder
Calling Mx Lucas, the yellow lemon bus is leaving for the next protest camp. @gzunder We love Red Billy
  • Score: 5

2:03pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Bob_The_Ferret says...

Road users and drivers call for environmentalists and cyclists to crawl back under their stone.
Road users and drivers call for environmentalists and cyclists to crawl back under their stone. Bob_The_Ferret
  • Score: 7

3:11pm Wed 16 Jul 14

bensmiths says...

As a cyclist for the majority of the week and sometime car driver I understand the need for more roads and the gridlock that is present when driving to Chi is mental seeing a road half built at Arundel is maddening.

I am sure it would improve the economy for people to get around more quickly. Build it Build it.
As a cyclist for the majority of the week and sometime car driver I understand the need for more roads and the gridlock that is present when driving to Chi is mental seeing a road half built at Arundel is maddening. I am sure it would improve the economy for people to get around more quickly. Build it Build it. bensmiths
  • Score: 7

3:21pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Man of steel says...

I fail to see why road improvements to ease traffic around Chichester, Arundel and Worthing has anything to do with Brighton council, or even Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth and Bricycles for that matter.
I fail to see why road improvements to ease traffic around Chichester, Arundel and Worthing has anything to do with Brighton council, or even Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth and Bricycles for that matter. Man of steel
  • Score: 6

9:07am Thu 17 Jul 14

Summerland says...

The 'environmentalists' don't seem to understand the problems or have any viable solutions. It's all very well saying that new roads create more problems, but doing nothing and expecting everyone to ride a bike or take a bus is unrealistic. Buses and bikes are fine for getting around within a town or city, but for longer distances and business/freight transport a proper road network is essential.
The 'environmentalists' don't seem to understand the problems or have any viable solutions. It's all very well saying that new roads create more problems, but doing nothing and expecting everyone to ride a bike or take a bus is unrealistic. Buses and bikes are fine for getting around within a town or city, but for longer distances and business/freight transport a proper road network is essential. Summerland
  • Score: 3
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