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Lib Dems Urge Junction Work In Towcester Goes Ahead

Author: Martin Johns - Lib Dem Published: 12th August 2019 14:10

Lib Dems Urge Junction Work In Towcester Goes AheadLib Dems Urge Junction Work In Towcester Goes Ahead

The Liberal Democrats are calling for the planned improvements to the road junction at the Saracen’s Head on Watling Street and Brackley Road to be done without further delay.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat councillor Martin Johns said: “Local people would like to see the additional lane for turning left go ahead now. The junction work, paid for by housing developers have been promised for some four years. It’s time for action. Numerous promises have been made, only to be broken.”

Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on South Northants Council, councillor Chris Lofts said: “This road improvement work was agreed as a condition for building the Tove Long Stay car park. Despite several years going by, the work has to date not been done. Traffic backs up at this junction adding significantly to Towcester’s town centre air pollution problem. It’s important this work is done and preferably during school holidays when there would be less disruption.”


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Nick H
At 14:32 on 12th August 2019, Nick H commented:
I've been fighting for this since the car park was first built, but it was originally part of the original Moat Lane development plans.

It is a part-condition of the long stay car park to allow all 170 spaces to be used, but is also a pre-occupation condition for the Redrow development at Wood Burcote, which incidentally is now almost complete, and with a high percentage of occupancy already.

Why SNC continue to let the developers get around planning conditions is frustrating enough, and it could well be that the junction works will never be done, if SNC don't get Redrow, NCC, and Highways England to get issues resolved and Redrow disappear without finishing the required work.

Even doing the work when the A5 was completely closed at this junction during the recent pipe and resurfacing work in 2018, which would have been the perfect time, shows how planning conditions can be ignored, along with common sense.

Nick Holder

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