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Turner’s iconic view ‘may well disappear’

THE iconic view of Chichester Cathedral which is immortalised by artist JMW Turner’s famous painting could be ruined because of an “ugly” road bridge. That is the fear of campaigners who believe the stunning vista could disappear if A27 plans currently in the consultation process get the go-ahead. Plans to build the concrete road bridge across the Ship Canal at Hunston would be a blot on the landscape, say opponents to Option 2 being looked at by Highways England. A statement from Chichester Canal says that trustees are “unanimously opposed to Option 2. A new bridge over the canal would be disastrous for a number of reasons, including the adverse effect on the tranquility of the canal and the view of the cathedral from Huntson, as depicted in Turner’s famous painting. “Consultation on the different options for improvements to the A27 bypass around Chichester is in full swing. The Canal Trust has yet to agree its formal response and not all Trustees have yet had the opportunity to attend a presentation.” But tourist Emma Greenway, 26, is certain about her position. Standing on the bridge from where our front page picture was taken at Hunston, she said: “The view from here is simply breath-taking. For a good few years now I have actually wanted to come here to see it for myself. “As an artist I appreciate so much what Turner has captured. It’s uplifting for me to see what he saw. I have many times looked so admiringly at his painting, which I believe is from around 1828 and it is indeed an iconic view and to spoil it with some ugly bridge is beyond comprehension and I so hope it doesn’t happen. “Of course traffic jams and all that come with it are hideous but let’s not spoil something that has been appreciated for centuries. It’s so important to the area.” Campaigners say Option 2 would also make a detrimental impact on wildllife in the rural setting as well as the loss of some 20 buildings, some of which are homes.

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