MP and Parishes agree way forward on A27

A blueprint for the way forward on the A27 Lewes-Polegate section was agreed last week at a meeting convened by local MP Norman Baker to which all parish councils along the route were invited. The meeting, which was held at Selmeston village hall on Friday morning, ruled out both a new dual (or single) carriageway as proposed by Eastbourne, and doing nothing. Instead, the meeting agreed a package of measures designed to improve safety along the alignment of the existing road.

Specifically, the meeting concluded the following:

  1. All agreed that doing nothing was not a good option.
  2. The allocation of £75m funding for improvements was welcome and the villages would like to see implementation on an agreed programme of measures as rapidly as possible.
  3. There was no support for a new dual carriageway (and considerable objection to the Caroline Ansell proposals).
  4. The villages want a safer road with improved local access at junctions and better traffic flow but NOT an increase in traffic speed.
  5. There is support for junction improvements all along the route, with improvements particularly needed at Wilmington and Selmeston.
  6. There is support for a safer crossing between the Firle and Glynde junctions for pedestrians and cyclists
  7. There is support for a Selmeston bypass behind the Barley Mow.
  8. There is support for a single speed limit along this stretch of road and related measures.
  9. There is no support for the Folkington Link

Norman Baker says: “This was a very good meeting with a high degree of agreement about the way forward. I will now be writing to the Transport Secretary Patrick McLaughlin and to the Highways Agency to pass on the views of the councils along the road. I am determined that it should be the views of local people that prevail, rather than those from elsewhere. I anticipate that this group will be meeting again in due course.”

 David Quysner, Chairman of the Selmeston Parish, adds: “The Parishes from Beddingham to the Cophall roundabout are united in their view that improvements in traffic flow, road user safety and local access to and from the A27 are long overdue. They welcome the announcement of £75 million of funding and look forward to seeing this money invested in the very near future in junction improvements and other works along the existing route.