LETTER: Bypass would damage park

I agree with Steve Ankers, of the South Downs Society (Gazette and online, March 9), that a bypass would be unacceptably damaging to our National Park.

It would destroy a beautiful area, would harm fragile wildlife and once we begin compromising our protected areas we risk starting a cycle of ongoing destruction.

We can see this already in the assertion by James Stewart that the proposed pink-blue route ‘does not go through ancient woodland’.

Although the Weald and Downs Survey published in 2010 established that the areas affected by both bypass options are in fact part of an ancient woodland, it is argued by some of the bypass proponents (including Mr Stewart, apparently) that it isn’t ancient woodland because it has been coppiced and replanted in the past, with the implication that it shouldn’t be protected.

Thus, damage that was done even centuries ago is being used to justify a destructive bypass today, and this in turn will be used to justify further ravages of one kind or another in the future. If our National Parks are to remain intact for future generations to enjoy, we must not compromise them now.

Jean Norton

Canada Road

Arundel

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