A27 plans will bring ‘hell’ to Pagham already braced for 3,000 new homes

Angry residents have formed a group to fight mass housing coming to the Pagham parish. Visit http://www.pagam.uk
Angry residents have formed a group to fight mass housing coming to the Pagham parish. Visit http://www.pagam.uk

The 2,000 to 3,000 extra homes planned for Pagham, coupled with changes to the A27, will only exacerbate the ‘nightmare’ traffic situation.

That is according to long-time Lagness resident Colin Hamilton, who says getting onto the A27 bypass has become ‘horrible’ over the last few years.

The exhibition for a bid for 250 homes on Sefter Road, one of many applications for the area

The exhibition for a bid for 250 homes on Sefter Road, one of many applications for the area

Colin said: “I’ve always felt this little area of the Manhood Peninsula is a very far-flung outpost in the Arun district which is out of mind and out of sight and now to have 3,000 homes dumped on us by the council is shameful.

“We have this major battle against all these houses coming to Pagham, with a roads system which already cannot cope as it is.

“And then we have all the five options to change the A27 which will do nothing for Pagham, Bersted or Bognor.

“There are only two roads leading to the A27 from Bognor, the A259, and the B2166 (Pagham Road) and the lives of everyone living along those and joining roads will be made hell, it already is.”

Highways England is considering five options for upgrading the existing stretch of A27, a scheme that will take between 15 and 41 months to build.

Colin, who is part of PAGAM, a group fighting the mass housing, is joining many in calling for a new consultation, including northern bypass options that were dropped last year.

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