MPs’ response

1
Have your say

Your reader Mr Allen (Herald letters, July 4) questions why West Sussex infrastructure is not featured in the Government’s spending review.

It is. For the first time in years our stretch of the A27 was featured specifically.

Chichester road improvements will be first to go ahead and studies on options for Worthing/Lancing and Arundel will be carried out in tandem.

We have impressed upon Treasury Ministers that we need co-ordinated solution to congestion on this whole stretch of the road otherwise the bottlenecks eastwards just worsen.

Like many of our constituents we each use use the A27 every week as well as other increasingly congested local roads suffering the knock-on effect of not having a bypass/ road improvements.

We have lobbied successive Governments since being elected in 1997.

We work with local councils and businesses.

That is why we went to see the Chancellor George Osborne about the A27 before the Spending Review; that appears to have paid off.

We have resisted large-scale housing developments on our dwindling open spaces. We recognise the pressures on our infrastructure.

We are working with the county council and local colleges to improve the education provision in our town.

This week we went with the principal of Northbrook College to see the skills minister to secure the final leg of funding to make the Broadwater site fit for the 21st century.

Last month, we joined cabinet member for education Peter Evans to make the case to the schools minister for a new secondary school and for the beneficial age of transfer changes in Worthing.

Last year, we worked closely with Worthing College to make it possible for them to produce their state-of-the-art campus at The Warren.

Much done; much more to do.

If Mr Allen wants regular reports he can always sign up for our constituency newsletter.

MPs Tim Loughton and Peter Bottomley

Members of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham and Worthing West