Fears new by-pass could destroy ancient habitat

Opposition to building major new roads and by-passes is nothing new. As we reported earlier this month, it's been 20 years since work began on the Newbury by-pass, the most controversial road-building project ever seen.

Now residents in Sussex fear stunning sections of the South Downs could be carved-up to create a new northern by-pass around Chichester.

It's one of several options to ease congestion on the A27 being put to the council on Monday.

But campaigners say destroying ancient habitat is too heavy a price to pay.

Sally Simmonds reports.