Agreement reached in Fishbourne over Emperor Way

A VILLAGE group fighting to save Emperor Way in Fishbourne has reached an agreement with Fishbourne Roman Palace.

The Sussex Archaeological Society, which runs the palace, had previously said the popular path offered a security risk and could hold back future investments into the grounds.

However, an outline plan is now in place, which will provide an opportunity for the Roman palace to make ‘substantial additions’ to its visitor attractions. The path will be kept in the same place, but the new development will be on the southern side of the Emperor Way.

“This is a real breakthrough and we are all delighted that we can now work together on an agreed way forward,” said Geoff Hand, chairman of Fishbourne Parish Council.

“I should particularly like to thank the parish council task team who have worked so hard over 18 months on finding a solution, county councillor Louise Goldsmith for her unstinting support, and all the members of the community who provided such abundant evidence of what Emperor Way meant to them.

“And finally, all of us would like to thank the new chairman of the Sussex Archaeological Society, Clem Watson, for his enthusiasm and a renewed sense of urgency and Tristan Bareham, and Jane Rowehl for their creative response.”

Clem Watson said: “I am delighted we have been able to resolve this issue and look forward to working with the residents of Fishbourne to our mutual advantage. I particularly thank Geoff Hand and Louise Goldsmith for their positive approach.”

An open meeting will be held as soon as possible to discuss the draft plan.