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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

County Council A27 reference group meeting held in Westminster

October 22, 2014 5:01 PM

Stephen Lloyd MP this week attended a meeting of East Sussex County Council's A27 Reference Group in Westminster, along with Eastbourne Lib Dem Borough Councillor Troy Tester and Lib Dem County Councillor Mike Blanch.

The meeting, chaired by Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby, sought to establish the role and objectives of the reference group. It discussed the options for addressing the long-standing problems faced by the A27, including the favoured option of dualling the A27 between Beddingham Gap and Cophall roundabout.

Following the meeting, Cllr Mike Blanch said: Option 2, to dual the A27, puts forward a convincing case for growth around Eastbourne, universally supported by local businesses. As it was last discussed in 1993, now is the best opportunity we have for a dual carriageway that will be better, safer and more environmentally sustainable, and will guarantee Eastbourne's future prosperity beyond 2031, when the current road will have exceeded capacity."

Cllr Tester added: "Option 2 will help to future-proof Eastbourne's ongoing development as the fastest growing town in East Sussex, while providing an improved gateway to the South Downs National Park, vital for tourism, while also safeguarding its boundaries."

Stephen Lloyd MP said: "It was important to remind everyone that all of Eastbourne's is united on this issue; to improve the A27. I was also delighted the Reference Group have all come around to my original plan - to provide a dual carriageway from Beddingham to the Cophall roundabout. Now we just need to persuade the Department of Transport and the Chancellor of the Exchequer!"