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Patcham Conservatives seek A23/A27 roundabout reassurance

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Patcham Ward Conservatives on Brighton & Hove City Council have written to Highways England asking what their plans are to improve the look of the large A23/A27 roundabout following recent vegetation clearance work.

The tall and dense vegetation was cleared in order to improve sight lines, and hence road safety, for drivers approaching the roundabout but nothing has been put in its place.

Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald said: “We fully support the efforts of Highways England to improve safety for drivers at this roundabout, which must be just about the busiest in the city. However, we would like to know what their plans are now to make this an attractive gateway to our city rather than the ugly abandoned wasteland that it has become.”

Fellow Ward Councillor, Lee Wares, added: “We are receiving a number of e-mails from local residents about the mess that the roundabout has been left in following the recent vegetation clearance. I think it is incumbent upon Highways England and the Council to work together to address these quite legitimate concerns.”

Cllr. Carol Theobald, who is also President of the Patcham Horticultural Society, added: “This roundabout is in such a prime location there must be local firms queuing up to sponsor it and get it planted up with some attractive new flowers and low-lying shrubs. This roundabout has been neglected for far too long and is well overdue some care and attention.”