The Rt. Hon Chris Grayling MP – Secretary of State for Transport
Department for Transport
10th April 2017
Highways England’s traffic island at the main A23/A27 gateway to the city of Brighton & Hove, which is passed by many thousands of motorists every day, is a complete eyesore. We are sure that you will have noticed this on your recent visits to the City.
Well over a year ago, Highways England cleared the tall, unruly and dense vegetation previously on the roundabout in order to improve sight lines, and hence road safety, for drivers approaching the roundabout, but its appearance remains dreadful.
As the local Patcham Ward councillors, we have initiated meetings between Highways England and Brighton & Hove City Council yet, despite repeated promises by Highways England that they would allow the roundabout to be replanted with something more suitable, nothing has happened.
As you will be aware, the Council is unable to do anything until they are given a license by Highway’s England. And as they continue to ignore the City Council’s requests, we are asking that you intervene as a matter of urgency in order to unblock this impasse.
We have even managed to source local businesses who would be willing to sponsor the works but, frustratingly, the Council is unable to take them up on their offer due to Highways England’s inaction.
This weekend we had the hugely successful Brighton Marathon and shortly the city will host England’s largest arts festival – the Brighton Festival and Fringe. As elected representatives of this city we are frankly embarrassed that the first impression of Brighton & Hove that many of the visitors to these great events are given, is of this unsightly mess.
We would be most grateful if you would give this matter your urgent attention.
Cllr. GeoffreyTheobald, Cllr. Carol Theobald and Cllr. Lee Wares