I have recently been appointed as the new Chairman of the A27 Reference Group which is leading the charge to improve the A27 between Polegate and Lewes. The group – first created by East Sussex County Council in 2014 – brings together Members of Parliament, Council Chief Executives and County, District and Borough Council Leaders from across the County of East Sussex, focusing on bringing about improvements to the A27/A259 Corridor.
I am hugely grateful to have been given this position. Improvement to infrastructure is something I remain fully committed to, and the A27 has a large part to play in that for all of us here locally. During my membership of the group I have continued to demonstrate my support for the improvement of the A27. This would result in a faster and more effective road link between Lewes and Eastbourne, meaning easier journeys for my constituents, as well as those from neighbouring areas.
As a group, we are shortly starting public consultations on how the £75 million we have been allocated can be spent to improve some of the most dangerous stretches of the road but we are also putting together a business case to ask for more money from Central Government to improve the whole stretch and I expect to be able to provide further details on this in the coming weeks.