Requires protected strolling and cycle route between Arundel and Ford

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“/>Campaigners are calling for a new walking and cycle path alongside Ford Road to improve safety and benefit the environment. Picture: Charlie waringCampaigners are calling for a brand new strolling and cycle path alongside Ford Street to enhance security and profit the surroundings. Image: Charlie waring

An open letter, to West Sussex County Council chief Paul Marshall and Arun District Council chief James Walsh, has been signed by greater than 50 councillors and dignitaries, together with the mayor of Arundel, native MP Andrew Griffith and his predecessor Nick Herbert, now Lord Herbert.

It follows a report from Arundel City Council that confirmed, regardless of most residents anticipating a brand new pathway to be constructed when the A27 bypass is finally resolved, no such plans existed.

Andy Batty, chairman of the Arundel Cycle and Strolling Group, mentioned: “Not solely have elected representatives joined in help the marketing campaign for a cycle and strolling route alongside Ford Street, a complete of 56 neighborhood leaders have additionally now signed an open letter, together with his grace the Duke of Norfolk.

“/>An internet assembly was attended by native councillors and MP Andrew Griffith

“The truth that so many have come collectively in help of 1 scheme is an unbelievable feat of unity.”

There isn’t a secondary faculty in Arundel and a few 300 youngsters commute to highschool, many utilizing the practice from Ford. Dad and mom nervous for the security of their youngsters resort to driving them to the station or all the way in which to highschool – as much as 760 automotive journeys annually. Campaigners say most of those could possibly be changed by bike rides if a protected passage to Ford station was made attainable. The busy Ford Street, with out pavements or lighting, hyperlinks Arundel with Littlehampton and Bognor Regis, and a bunch of smaller hamlets.

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And it might get busier nonetheless, with plans for two,000 new properties being mentioned.

Campaigners say whereas there’s a plan to construct new colleges close to Yapton, there are not any plans to supply protected biking and strolling passage for pedestrians and cyclists north of Ford station.

“/>Campaigners are calling for a brand new strolling and cycle path alongside Ford Street to enhance security and profit the surroundings. Image: Charlie waring

Mr Batty mentioned: “They’re about to construct £500million of homes however haven’t thought by means of the inexperienced infrastructure that residents might want to get round aside from by automotive.”

Two years in the past, the Nationwide Cycle Route 2 opened between Flansham and Climping alongside the A259, which has linked Bognor with Littlehampton.

Utilization of the cycle route is rising and campaigners wish to join the path to Arundel, by way of Ford station, to extend the variety of folks utilizing the entire community, benefiting the surroundings, folks’s wellbeing and security.

Campaigners settle for the scheme wouldn’t be low-cost however consider now’s the time act, with funding hopefully accessible from a number of completely different sources. They are saying of their letter: “We consider it is a key take a look at of whether or not native authorities are ready to work collaboratively to ship sensible enhancements for the folks whom they symbolize.”

“/>Campaigners are calling for a brand new strolling and cycle path alongside Ford Street to enhance security and profit the surroundings. Image: Charlie waring

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Mr Batty mentioned a web based assembly on Thursday was well-attended by elected officers who symbolize Arundel throughout all tiers of presidency. He additionally paid tribute to Arundel & South Downs MP Mr Griffith. “Once we first offered the outcomes of the Arundel resident consultations, performed on the finish of 2019, he instantly recognised that our neighborhood had come collectively to agree our priorities and instantly supplied his full help to assist us realise these goals,” Mr Batty mentioned.

The group is eager for as many individuals as attainable to provide their backing to the marketing campaign. An internet petition has been launched in help and could be discovered at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/fordpath

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