In March 2017 the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling announced a cancellation of the A27 scheme at Chichester, due to lack of community support, despite the community calling for many years for improvements on their stretch of road.
On the 6th March 2017, Councillors, community groups and campaigners came together to pledge their support in finding a way forward for improvements to the A27 at Chichester. It was agreed at this meeting that a further community workshop will be held to see how this could be taken forward.
This followed with a community workshop with invited stakeholders on 22nd March at Chichester College to come together on how the community could find a way of taking this forward to A27 road solution that was right for Chichester. At this session the group agreed on how they wanted to work together and what success looks like from this process.
West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council agreed to write a further letter to Highways England to seek further clarity on what options were open to Chichester in relation to money for the scheme being still available.
Link to letters above in the documents section.
West Sussex County Council have agreed to provide the secretariat for these workshops, which includes the organisation, note taking, the management of this webpage as a means to update the community and an email inbox for enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
A community stakeholder workshop takes place this month. The agenda has been provided to those on the invite list. The group signed up to a set of guiding principles to work together. This document can be found in the documents section.
A business workshop took place on 12 July, with invited business representatives to discuss the work already undertaken by those invited to the community sessions.
On 24 July those stakeholders who have been attending the community workshops and business workshop earlier in the month, met together to discuss the community and business key requirements for a future A27. The notes from this meeting are available in the documents section.
A meeting was held with community and business stakeholders/ representatives. The group heard an update from Gillian Keegan MP and had the opportunity to ask questions. The notes from this meeting can be found in the documents section.
Gillian Keegan MP agreed at the last community and business stakeholder meeting to speak with ministers regarding the next steps. A update on these discussion are available in the documents section which contains a letter from Gillian Keegan MP and a letter from Highways England to Gillian Keegan MP.
A community meeting took place with invited community stakeholders and representatives to discuss the feedback from Gillian Keegan MP on her discussions with Highways England and Government Ministers. The community were asked to give Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council a steer on their response to Highways England on whether we continue with the current schemes under RIS1 or defer to RIS2. The outcome are documented in the notes which can be found in the documents section.
If you have any queries or questions regarding this, please email BuildABetterA27@westsussex.gov.uk