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Roads to be improved for stadium
Artist's impression of the planned football stadium
The parish council or South Downs Society could still object
A £5.3m package of road improvements to support Brighton and Hove Albion's new Falmer stadium has been announced.

Upgrading the A27/A270 "academic corridor" into Brighton will also improve access to Brighton and Sussex Universities and Falmer High School.

The South East England Development Agency (Seeda) is putting up the cash for the project, which will be managed by Brighton and Hove City Council.

Government approval for the new stadium was announced on 24 July.

Two public inquiries had taken place since controversial plans for the 22,000-seater stadium on land north of Village Way were submitted to the council in 2001.

Cycle path

Objectors have until 3 September to mount a legal challenge but the main opponent, Lewes District Council, has already withdrawn from the battle.

As well as the road improvements, there will also be a new footpath and cycle path between Moulsecoombe and Falmer station.

Seeda said the work would unlock access to key sites including land at Woollard's Field which is being considered for the site of a new county records office.

East Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council are working together on a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for cash to build the multi-million pound records office.

"As well as being fundamental to the development of the stadium, there are spin-off benefits of these infrastructure works which will benefit the people living in the local area," said Seeda development director Peter Cusdin.

City council leader Brian Oxley said: "It's good to see the benefits created by the stadium starting to take shape at this early stage, which vindicates our support for it."




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