Councillors and residents from Chichester and beyond are invited to join Friends of Centurion Way tomorrow (Saturday) from 2pm-4 pm on the path at the bridge over the railway near the side entrance to Bishop Luffa School. Seasonal refreshments will be shared and lanterns decorated to hang on the trees which are under threat if the path is diverted by developers of White House Farm.
There have been visits to the path by the city’s MP, Gillian Keegan, the Bishop, representatives of the Diocese and more recently, the new head of Bishop Luffa School.
Ian Bartle, chairman of the group said: “We are keen to work with the developers, the councils and school to find the best design to preserve and enhance the path. We are looking forward to joining the Whitehouse Farm Community Liaison Group when it meets next year. We are glad path-users are at last going to be represented on this forum and we want to work pro-actively towards the best solution for Chichester as a whole”.
Sarah Sharp, city councillor and one of the founding members of the group, is organising the Christmas event this year and added: “We have some major funding objectives for 2019 to help us record the numbers of users of the path and restore and re-erect the archway over the path which is in storage at Drayton after being taken down by the county council.
“We are proud to be working with the Centurion Way Users Group on this restoration project. We also want to make sure that there are accurate figures of path-users before the WHF development gets underway to see that user numbers do not decrease once the development, with any possible diversion of the path (which we strongly oppose) is completed.”
The Friends of Centurion Way have planned a series of monthly events for 2019 starting with their traditional “Beating the Bounds” ride/walk on January 1, at 11am.
For information on joining, visit: centurionway.org.uk/sign-up-form/