Write to your local councillor!
The local elections in May 2021 saw East Sussex County Council remain under Conservative control, though with a reduced majority and with the addition of - for the first time - four Green Party County Councillors, all of whom (along with the Liberal Democrats) had declared their opposition to a new motorway being built between Lewes and Polegate, and pledged their support for SCATE East Sussex's alternative proposal for a sustainable A27 between Lewes and Polegate.
Hopefully East Sussex County Council will now revise its established stance as one of the biggest and most influential lobbyists for a brand new four lane highway between the two towns - a last-century solution that will increase motor traffic and pollution, devastate bio-diversity, and ruin a treasured landscape.
SCATE East Sussex is not party political - we are an alliance of local people and pressure groups who are interested in finding sustainable solutions to our transport issues.
Please get in touch if you are interested in supporting us or would like more information. Meanwhile, please write to your local councillor and MP to express your opposition to the costly and wrongheaded plans for a new motorway that would not only fail to solve any current traffic problems, but would create new ones, as well as irrevocably devastating the precious ecosystem of wildlife, ancient forests, villages, rivers and farmland that make up our beautiful Low Weald countryside.
The sustainable A27 alternative
We have launched a new document demonstrating how you can make the existing A27 between Lewes and Polegate safer and more reliable.
You can download it to read, print and share here.
We will be holding a public meeting in the autumn, details to follow soon.
SCATE East Sussex are proud to announce an open civil engineering design competition, in conjunction with New Civil Engineer.
In response to a number of requests, the deadline for the design competition looking at the A27 near Lewes has been extended, to allow students in full-time education more time to work on entries. The new closing date is Tuesday 31st August.
For full details, click here.
Above, a view from Mount Caburn, just east of Lewes, over the ancient weald land at the foot of the South Downs. Once an arm of the sea, it's been farmed in much the same way since Roman times, when it became the bread-basket for the legions that landed at Pevensey. The wildlife, of course, goes back further, and there are over 800 species of fauna and flora, some in Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
It's across this landscape that local and national politicians are proposing to build an new stretch of dual carriageway, on embankments and probably stilts, in order that drivers can save up to 9 minutes travelling between the rush-hour gridlocks in Lewes and Eastbourne. Highways England say it will cost around £530m - we believe it will cost close to £1bn if it's allowed to open in 2030.
This is a website set up by a concerned group of local organisations and local residents, working as the East Sussex branch of SCATE, the South Coast Alliance for Transport and the Environment. We are fighting these proposals, and invite you read further, to see what's at risk here. And if you'd like to be kept up-to-date with our campaign, email email@example.com.
See what we stand to lose
Our video takes just six minutes of your time. We hope it will make Highways England and our politicians think again. Please feel free to share it on Youtube, social media, etc.
Promote sustainable transport solutions (for personal travel and freight)
Seek better land use, infrastructure and transport planning to reduce the need to travel and dependence on the private car
Oppose damaging road-building schemes along the south coast corridor
Ensure that the environment is properly valued (for its contribution to the economy and human health) and that full consideration in particular is given to impacts on landscape, biodiversity and climate change in all decision making.
We want to raise £5,000 to help prevent the devastation of our Sussex countryside by the planned dual carriageway between Lewes and Polegate .
We need finance for more independent and professional analysis to counter the slanted arguments already put out by the road lobby; there will be more to come. Funding will also help us spread our messages more effectively - and we need to do it fast. Help us to fight this terrible scheme. Every penny subscribed will help us preserve a beautiful stretch of English countryside. Please give generously and pass it on.
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STARTING FROM THE WRONG PLACE
Here's a link to our new 12-page report, showing the flaws in Highways England's business case for a new dual carriageway between Lewes and Polegate.
All of us in East Sussex have a chance to influence what happens next The future of the A27 between Lewes and Polegate