Waste of money

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Mike Mendoza asks for comments (Dozy’s Rambles, August 14) about the Lidl S106 money being spent on a bigger roundabout at Ropetackle. I quite agree with all he says. No wonder he’s furious.

Parsons Brinkerhoff came up with this as part of a series of ideas to improve traffic flow but many of us fail to see how this would make a difference. Can they show us a place where it has worked?

The impression is that West Sussex Highways are just spending small amounts of money on ‘mitigation’ schemes so they can be seen to be doing something, and avoid criticism. This one’s on page 218 of the Draft Adur Local Plan and is quoted as £15,534 but it does not seem to include the compulsory purchase cost of the Tanning Shop and a slice of the Bridge Inn car park, so I assume it will end up being considerably more. And do we wish to see the Bridge lose its car park?

The Shoreham Society remarked on this in its response to the Adur Local Plan last November and suggested an alternative. This was to upgrade the existing road through the airport from the Saltings Roundabout A259 to the Sussex Pad A27.

Land is now advertised for sale to assist this. You would abandon the tiny low bridge under the railway and go straight under two ‘spare’ arches on the railway’s river bridge. All the Beach traffic could go to the A27 without touching Shoreham High Street.

We need a transport study to see if it would work. It could also mean a bus service through the airport.

Councillor Janet Mockridge, chairman of the Adur County Local Committee, has asked West Sussex County Council if they will get Parsons Brinkerhoff to look at this.

It would also make unnecessary another ‘mitigating’ suggestion of theirs. This was for traffic lights at the Adur flyover roundabout, which they costed at £2.6 million.

I seriously hope we can wait to hear what Janet Mockridge finds out on this one. The Lidl S106 money could be better spent on something obviously useful, like opening up the subway again at Shoreham Station.

Ideally, Southern and Network Rail should pay for this but an offer of cash from S106 could just make it happen.

Adrian Towler

Connaught Avenue


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