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COUNCIL leaders have called for a rethink after Highways England agreed to extend its consultation on the A27 improvements – but only by a week.

Highways England, which is responsible for upgrading the A27, is due to launch a public consultation into different improvement options in March.

West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council have been pressing Highways England to extend its planned six-week consultation to give residents, businesses and councillors the chance to consult on all of the options.

Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council, said just one extra week was ‘extremely disappointing’.

She added: ‘I believe when these proposals are put out to the public for their views they will be complex and detailed and there could be up to seven different versions of them.

‘We, and all the residents, businesses and communities that we represent, deserve to be given the time to study them all in detail.’