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Andrea Leadsom holds public meeting on Towcester Relief Road

Author: Tommy Gilchrist Published: 18th June 2019 13:16

Bringing together representatives from Northamptonshire County Council, South Northamptonshire District Council, and Persimmon Homes, Andrea and the panel took questions from an audience of over 100 for nearly an hour. Highways England refused to attend.Bringing together representatives from Northamptonshire County Council, South Northamptonshire District Council, and Persimmon Homes, Andrea and the panel took questions from an audience of over 100 for nearly an hour. Highways England refused to attend.
Last Friday (14th June 2019), local Member of Parliament for South Northamptonshire, Andrea Leadsom, convened a public meeting in Towcester Town Hall to discuss the urgent need to build the Towcester Relief Road as soon as possible.
 
Bringing together representatives from Northamptonshire County Council, South Northamptonshire District Council, and Persimmon Homes, Andrea and the panel took questions from an audience of over 100 for nearly an hour. Highways England refused to attend.
 
Under the existing planning agreement, the Towcester Relief Road is currently set to be built by the time Persimmon has built and occupied the 1,016th house on the new development to the south of the town. Current estimates, based on prevailing housing market conditions, project this to be anywhere from the mid-2020s to early 2030s. For the past few years, Andrea has been working with local council partners and the developer to find a way to fund the early delivery of the road. All parties are now focused on a target date for the road to be completed and opened by the end of 2021.
 
Andrea said:
 
“This really is one of the most important priorities for my constituents in South Northamptonshire, and is a project I have been focused since I became an MP.
 
“I know how long residents have been waiting for a relief road for Towcester – some tell me over 40 years! – and it is critical that we get on and get this done for the community.
 
“Having the road opened by the end of 2021 would be a huge victory for the town, and with the correct signage strategy to reroute HGVs and non-local traffic we can make the centre of Towcester so much better for local residents.
 
“I am really grateful to Cllr Ian Morris from the County Council and Cllr Roger Clarke from the District Council for attending, as well as Simon McDonald and Paul Carvey from Persimmon, and Cllr Lizzy Bowen for chairing the meeting so well. We will have further public meetings in the future, and I continue to meet with Persimmon and the councils on a monthly basis to push this project along.”
 
Cllr Morris said:
 
“The Towcester Relief Road remains a priority for the County Council and will be for the new Unitary Authority for the west of Northamptonshire.
 
“The County Council continues to work with South Northamptonshire District Council and our local MP Andrea Leadsom to deliver this road ahead of the planned date, and I am pleased with the progress we are making so far.”
 
Cllr Clark said:
 
“Following this meeting members of the public at last believe that South Northants efforts together with the support of Andrea Leadsom MP will result in the Towcester Relief Road being completed ahead of schedule.
 
“Persimmon Homes realise that investing in the early completion enables them to have unimpaired access to the whole development site.
 
“There is absolutely no doubt that the relief road will ease the traffic through Towcester town centre and with the cooperation of Northampton Highways and their implementation of appropriate signage this will be encouraged.”

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peter k
At 15:02 on 18th June 2019, peter k commented:
Such a positive report on what has always been a highly suspect relief road. No questions recorded from the 100 or so public attending? There must have been many?,

Some questions that do need to be addressed:-

Will our 106 contribution, in the millions, be fully accounted for? Will Towcester Town, or the SNC, receive a copy of the spend so that full accountability can be reviewed and audited?

According to the Highways Agency (sadly absent), any load restrictions put on the A5 through Towcester are unenforceable. Was this fact addressed?

And, finally, will HGVs happily accept a normal carriageway and four roundabouts, not to mention the local traffic using their "access" road to locate their homes as a Bi-pass? I think not.

Let us hope that our elected officials can answer these and other questions? Also they should remember that the whole relief road project has been a costly exercise for both Towcester and South Northants. Especially as Persimmon Homes would have had to build it regardless.................................
caz
At 17:29 on 18th June 2019, caz commented:
None of the questions that were asked by members of the public were addressed satisfactorily including my own question regarding Highways England having to approve the design of two roundabouts. Neither of the designs have been submitted yet despite outline planning permission for the scheme being given in 2012!
Andrea dismissed Martin Johns question as politics and was quite brusque in her manner towards him.
As for the representatives of Persimmon. They looked as if they didn’t want to be there at all and answered very little.
The meeting originally scheduled for 2 hours, finished after only 1 as Andrea had to go to another meeting.
It was the usual waste of time in my view.
Observer
At 19:18 on 18th June 2019, Observer commented:
Firstly this meeting did not seem to be widely advertised - at least not to my knowledge on About My Area.
Now that Mrs Leadsom is no longer involved in the Conservative leadership election I do hope the Towcester relief road becomes her main local issue to pursue. There are no Towcester residents against a relief road - but what they require is a By-Pass !
I do hope the next public meeting will be properly notified by About My Area.

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