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Last week West Sussex County Council wrote to a number of objectors to its proposals to dual the A2300 (between the A23 and Burgess Hill).  It has replied to us but provided no real reassurance it knows or cares what it’s doing.  For example, it has claimed in a letter to Bricycles, the Brighton & Hove Cycle Campaign group, that: “Any form of controlled crossings such as toucan or Pegasus crossings will have negative impact of the business case and put funding of the scheme in jeopardy.”  This tells us one of three things:

  1. The business case for the road is so weak it will be undermined if they slow traffic down to allow pedestrians and cyclists safe passage through the area (across the new road and its junctions).
  2. They haven’t a clue as to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists, if they think uncontrolled crossings are any form of benefit to them
  3. They just don’t care

What is worse is that WSCC cannot claim it doesn’t know that walking and cycling are important and bring many benefits.  Late last year, the Government reiterated their importance and said that it wanted to see local highways authorities spending around 15% of their transport infrastructure funding on walking and cycling.

More recently, this year the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published a new draft quality standard where it proposed that: “New and upgraded roads should prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport over motorised vehicles”.  This is out of concern that lack of physical exercise is ruining people’s quality of life and placing an unnecessary and expensive burden on the NHS.

Watch this space for more updates but if you live in West Sussex or use the roads in the area, then we would encourage you to lobby the County Council to start getting serious with its provision for pedestrians and cyclists.

These files are our original objection, WSCC’s response and our reply to their response

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bhfoe a2300 reply to wscc

 

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Scientists now predict that by the middle of the century our oceans will contain more plastic waste than fish, ton for ton.

Let’s do something about it.

Ask Brighton and Hove MPs to back a Plastic Pollution Action Plan.

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rubbish_webOur petition calling on the council to drastically improve recycling facilities on the seafront has now gathered over 600 signatures.

You can help the campaign by adding your name and sharing the petition with friends and family.

Can you help us reach 1,000 signatures?

 

 

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Unfortunately. all the places to see A Plastic Ocean on 6 November have all been taken.

We expect some cancellations so if you’d like to go on the waiting list please send an email to bandhfoe@gmail.com and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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On 6 November we’re showing ‘A Plastic Ocean’; a fascinating documentary about the truth of plastic pollution in our seas and oceans.

Free entry but book your place before they’ve all gone.

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A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean.

Join Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth at St Augustine’s for a screening of this adventure documentary, as Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers to travel to 20 locations around the world. Together they explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

Book your place.

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Too often do planning authorities have a jaundiced view on transport. South Coast Alliance for Transport and Environment, an alliance that campaigns for a better transport system and one to which BHFOE is part, offer an alternative.

Friday last week they released their integrated transport vision for Sussex, offer[ing] a new approach to help town and country along our beautiful coast.”

The wide range of measures proposed in the report include enhanced rail and public transport opportunities and improved facilities for cycling and walking.

New technology, it is pointed out, also has the potential to change the way transport is provided and used and recognises new homes and jobs need to be provided in locations served by enhanced public transport and attractive walking and cycling connections.

This balanced approach could help solve the well-known problems surrounding the A27 and support sustainable economic growth without the negative impact of extensive new road building.

Find out more about their positive vision here: SCATE A New Vision for Transport

To join in on our campaign to save the Sussex Pad Crossing follow this link, or contact SCATE for more opportunities to campaign for better transport.

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Over 1,600 people signed our petition to save the Sussex Pad crossing. Thanks to everyone for your support.

Can you spare 30 minutes to help keep the pressure up?

Tomorrow Adur District Council will decide the New Monks Farm development – and with it the fate of the Sussex Pad crossing of the A27.

We’ve organised a rally, to show our  support for the Sussex Pad. Can you join us?

When: Wednesdays 3 October, 6.00-6.30pm
Where: Sir Robert Woodard Academy, Upper Boundstone Lane, Sompting, Lancing, BN15 9QZ.

We need good numbers to show the strength of feeling about the loss of the crossing and the lack of safe and attractive walking and cycling infrastructure.

If you are local, walking and cycling are the best way to get there.  From further afield it’s a 19 min walk or a 5 minute cycle from Lancing station.

We hope to see you there!

Thanks for your support.

Chris and the rest of Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth

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