Friday, 9 November 2018

Highways England picks up legal bills

The South Downs National Park Authority has decided to drop its pursuit of a Judicial Review of Highways England plans for the A27 at Arundel - and good old Highways England is picking up the lawyers' bills.

Margaret Paren, Chair of the SDNPA says: “We are pleased that Highways England has now agreed to re-consult on options for the A27 bypass at Arundel. People should have the right to make informed comment based on all the information available and taking into account the National Park, including new evidence that Highways England will be tabling in the spring. Since this answers the reasons why the National Park Authority was pursuing a Judicial Review, this will now be withdrawn and I am pleased that Highways England are paying all of SDNPA’s legal fees incurred in bringing this challenge.”

So far, Highways England show no signs of behaving any better with their plans for the A27 East Of Lewes, despite many invitations to share their calculations. Will it always take threats of Judicial Reviews to get things out in the open ?

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