Fight continues to save Oving lights as MP is consulted

CAMPAIGNERS have taken the next step to save A27 traffic lights that in May were controversially decided to be scrapped.

On Friday (October 18), chairman of Oving Parish Council Sjoerd Schuyleman and Jonathan Perry, chairman of the board of governors at Westbourne House School, met with Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie to discuss the lights and their future.

Cllr Schuyleman described it as a ‘very positive meeting’.

“Hopefully, something else will begin to happen,” he said.

“Many people have said we lost, but my view at the moment is that it’s something that’s still very much in progress and we’re pursuing it.

“We have not lost.”

He added they believed they still had a ‘very real chance of success’ at keeping the lights open.

The traffic lights’ fate appeared to be sealed in May when the district council’s area development management committee (south) permitted the planning application for Shopwyke Lakes – which would see 500 homes built off the A27 near the Portfield roundabout.

As part of the development, the traffic lights would be scrapped under the current application.

Mr Tyrie has asked Cllr Schuyleman and Mr Perry to send him a letter detailing all the reasons and benefits of keeping the lights open for full access in and out of Chichester.

The parish council also made a stage two complaint to Chichester District Council about the procedures used to determine the outcome of the application at the meeting of the committee in May.

Cllr Schuyleman said the council did not consider the answer satisfactory and it was considering what steps it would now take.