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Path campaigners surprised at lack of public knowledge

Traditional Easter games were in store for visitors to the city’s beloved footpath.


On Saturday, the Friends of Centurion Way staged an Easter egg hunt alongside a name the bunny competition.


Two young participants, pictured right, won chocolate eggs and correctly picked the bunny’s name.


There were also beautifully iced cup cakes available for hungry path-users and many cowslips were sold at only 50p each.


Many passing individuals, groups and families were unaware of the current threat to the path. This lack of public awareness came as surprise to the group as they have been vigorously campaigning for 18 months hoping to draw maximum attention to the issues.


A spokesperson said: “Our group has seen draft plans showing the removal of the entire section of Centurion Way that runs adjacent with Bishop Luffa School.


“These plans indicate that whole section of path will be re-routed elsewhere. The Friends of Centurion Way wish to see minimum disturbance to the path’s existing route and we are eager to ensure both developers and planners adequately consult residents to ensure the maintained high quality and convenience of Centurion Way path.


“Despite grave concerns for the future of the path, our group still see room for optimism.


“Many of us attended the recent West Sussex County Council meeting on April 5 and heard the motion on climate change being debated.


“Reducing local carbon dioxide emissions was stated as being of highest priority with particular attention being drawn to the importance of promoting and enabling walking and cycling.”


The 1,600 home Whitehouse Farm development is destined to be the largest ever in Chichester’s history.


The developers have pledged to open a new southern access road by occupation of the 225th home – and even earlier for construction traffic. It is this access road that the group claims to threaten the future of Centurion Way.


County councillor Jamie Fitzjohn (Chichester South) overcame his issue with the term “humans have caused climate change” after speaking of the influence of subterranean rivers of molten iron.


He concluded that humans do indeed have a climatic impact and compromised on the term to then support the motion.


The county council’s commitment to reducing transport-driven CO2 emissions gave the Friends of Centurion Way hope for the future.


The friends group are organising numerous events over the coming month.


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