Category: Arun Valley News

Local Councillor Keeping Arun Tidy

Local residents of Littlehampton came together on Thursday as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British September Clean. Organised by West Sussex County Councillor, Gary Markwell, who represents Arundel & Courtwick division, local residents armed with litter pickers and rubbish sacks visited the Kingley Gate development and the Eden Park development in North Littlehampton. During the day nine sacks full of litter was collected from green spaces, play parks and curbsides around the residential developments. Several litter hot spots, along with some overflowing rubbish bins were also identified during the day and reported to Arun District Council. Speaking after the day of litter picking, Councillor Gary Markwell said “It was really good to see so many people coming together to help make our local areas tidier for us all to enjoy. We all had good fun and I’ve already had local residents asking me to organise another litter picking day. “Arun is such a beautiful area to live in and we always need to keep in mind the damage that litter can do to the environment around us, so please remember to take your litter home”.

Local Councillor abseiling Arundel Castle for children’s charity

A West Sussex County Councillor is set to abseil down Arundel Castle to raise money for the NSPCC. Gary Markwell, who represents Arundel & Courtwick Division on West Sussex County Council aims to raise £500 for the charity as part of their celebrations marking 60 years of NSPCC fundraising in Sussex. Money raised for the challenge will help fund the ‘Speak out, stay safe’ programme to reach primary school children in Sussex, giving them knowledge to protect themselves from abuse. The event will take place on Sunday 15 March and will see volunteers abseil 180ft down the Bakehouse Tower of Arundel Castle to help the charity raise vital funds. Gary said “The NSPCC is a charity close to my heart and therefore I was delighted to agree to take part in this challenge to help them raise funds to deliver their speak out, stay safe programme to school children throughout Sussex. He added “I’ve never abseiled before so it’s a new type of challenge for me, and being scared of heights it’s not something I would normal spend my time doing, but I’m looking forward to supporting this excellent project”. To donate to Gary’s abseil challenge, visit his JustGiving page, or to see the results of his challenge, visit his Facebook page.

Local Councillors united on Arundel Bypass route

Local Arundel Councillors representing both Arun District Council and West Sussex County Council have all united to support the Magenta route for the A27 Arundel Bypass in the latest consultation being carried out by Highways England.   The consultation, which is currently taking place until the 24th October, is being re-run after the result of the previous consultation faced a judicial review of the process. This has led to construction of the bypass delayed from Spring 2020 to late 2022.   Six different route options for the bypass have been included in the latest consultation, including two online routes and four offline routes, however, Arundel Town Council as well as the OneArundel group have both already ruled out the two online routes which do not bypass the town but instead follow the current route of the A27 cutting through the town of Arundel.   West Sussex County Councillor, Gary Markwell, who represents Arundel & Courtwick division, said “Having spoken to many local residents there is a clear majority who believe the bypass must be just that, a bypass of the town of Arundel. Local residents do not want a new dual carriageway cutting through the middle of their town”.   “Having sought reassurances from Highways England that all of the route options being consulted on are financial viable, I believe the best route for local residents to get behind to ensure a real bypass is actually built is the magenta route”.   Arun District Councillor Grant Roberts added “I have been intensely pushing Highways England to clarify ambiguities over viability and affordability. Whilst I believe that the Crimson route could have potentially received the widest support, I have concluded that the likelihood of it receiving planning permission is extremely low. Given that, and whilst looking for the “least worst option”, I therefore determine, on balance, that Magenta should be supported to become the preferred route”.