Lib Dems Keep Up Pressure for Bypass
|Author: Martin Johns - Lib Dem||Published: 11th September 2019 11:08|
Local Liberal Democrats continue to campaign for de-trunking the A5 through Towcester’s town centre.
Liberal Democrats asked for, and are receiving monthly updates on developments from South Northants Council’s Chief Executive.
Lib Dem Councillor Martin Johns says: “It’s very disappointing that government has offered almost £3.9m to Persimmon towards the cost of their housing development’s ‘relief road’, as this new road will have no direct beneficial impact on removing heavy traffic from our town centre. The full cost of the road should have been met by Persimmon who are already making massive profits. The grant would be welcome if it contributed to de-trunking the A5. The £4.6m said to be brought forward by Persimmon to make an early start on the road isn’t new money but money they have to provide as part of the planning agreement between them and South Northants Council.”
Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on South Northants Council, Councillor Chris Lofts adds: “Despite much ongoing boasts, there is still no firm commitment from Persimmon that they will complete the relief road well ahead of a date to which is already legally required. There is also only talk of a start date for the road and not a completion date.
However, the main concern locally, is that Highways England have consistently stressed that the new road will NOT relieve Towcester of HGVs. Towcester’s traffic problems and air pollution will continue to blight our town until we have a bypass.”