LETTER: Concern over traffic increase

I went to the exhibition in Shoreham for the proposed houses behind the Mash Barn estate in Lancing, and the building of an IKEA store.

I came away feeling dissatisfied with what I had written on the form they gave us.

My objection is almost entirely on the grounds of traffic noise and pollution caused by any more cars, lorries and other vehicles this development would bring to an area already heaving.

I live on the A259 and from 6am until after 9am there are traffic jams towards Brighton and again in the evening, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, when the traffic holdups are towards Worthing.

With more congestion on the A27, it is bound to have an impact on the lower road, these being the only major roads along the south coast.

How could anyone in their right mind think of putting a school next to what must be one of the south’s most heavily polluted roads?

As well as that, it is proposed to be next door to an IKEA store with its expected two-million-a-year extra visitors

That certainly needs looking at, and a one-form school? I guess with the price of houses being beyond the pockets of most couples, they don’t envisage them having any children.

You said that IKEA will bring 400 jobs, but with 650 new homes, and possibly 1,300 more people looking for work locally to pay for their home, it doesn’t sound much help.

Looking at the amount of homes going up in the local area that already have planning permission, I think a development of this size is a step too far.

Another thing: where are the warehouses needed for the IKEA store going?

One more thing: it is very nice of them to offer us a small country park, but with that we lose the natural habitat for all sorts of flora and fauna.

Gillian Harris

Brighton Road

Lancing

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