A27 now notorious

IS IT any wonder a recent report published in this paper highlighted the unusually high loss of businesses from the Chichester area?

The city increases its notoriety as a place to avoid with every traffic report, carried on local and national radio, which report flooding on the A27 at Chichester, and long delays.

No-one can deny Chichester suffers road delays and gridlock to its traffic system.

A bypass that can’t cope with traffic approaching from north, south, east, west.

Road traffic problems which are aggravated by a busy railway line, with only two road bridge crossings, the other three are level crossings, which subject road traffic to chaos for long periods of the day.

A quote from the Chichester Observer mentions ‘A city where roadside parking is a severe problem for many local residents’.

It is our councillors who should ‘try again’ when they contemplate giving approval to an expansion scheme for Chichester College for 200 students which reduces existing car parking spaces by 35.

No approval should be considered for schemes which ignore or aggravate the traffic and parking chaos in Chichester.

The three major car parks at Southgate, Northgate and the market draw traffic into the city.

Where is Chichester’s out-of-city car parks?

A visit to Winchester’s relatively new out-of-city car park is a fine example of what can be done, by councils not content to ignore problems.

Every new house built south of the A27 adds considerably to the bypass problem.

If Chichester must continue to provide housing – which can only be for students or the retired, in view of the decline in employment opportunities – then we should look to moving our two high schools with their sports fields onto the periphery, rather than approving re-development on the present school site, jammed between the A27 and the railway.

Summersdale and Lavant should be preserved as easily identifiable, separate communities. Where individuals are unable to identify with their community an increase in crime and social disintegration results.

To undermine the character of separate communities is an insult to all those stalwarts in our communities who have, and continue to, contribute to the healthy communities of Lavant and Summersdale.

Ray Carter