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Towcester’s Relief Road - More Broken Promises?

Author: Martin Johns - Lib Dem Published: 26th October 2020 13:53

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Councillor David Tarbun says: “The election promises repeatedly made by our MP to local people must be kept. The same goes for the Conservative run, and bankrupt Northamptonshire County Council, the Government, and the developer Persimmon.”Commenting, Liberal Democrat Councillor David Tarbun says: “The election promises repeatedly made by our MP to local people must be kept. The same goes for the Conservative run, and bankrupt Northamptonshire County Council, the Government, and the developer Persimmon.”
Liberal Democrat councillors are continuing to put pressure on our local MP and Central Government, to speed-up the start of Towcester’s relief road, to ensure its completed no later than Spring 2022.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Councillor David Tarbun says: “The election promises repeatedly made by our MP to local people must be kept. The same goes for the Conservative run, and bankrupt Northamptonshire County Council, the Government, and the developer Persimmon.”

Councillor David Tarbun adds: “There have been ongoing discussions between the private and public sectors, but Towcester’s local councillors and Towcester Town Council have been excluded. The Government agreed to give Persimmon some £3.8m to build the road sooner than their planning commitment allowed for. Local people are asking once again, what’s happening. The very latest update from our MP makes no mention of a deadline.”

Councillor Lisa Samiotis says: “Despite Covid-19, houses continue to be built on the new estates but there’s little evidence of significant progress with the so-called Relief Road. With Towcester increasing its population almost weekly, major developments being built at Silverstone, and massive rail freight depots planned, it’s vital HGVs are kept out of Towcester town centre.”

Local Liberal Democrat John Wade says: “Highways England are keeping to their policy that there can be no weight restrictions, speed limit or traffic calming to prevent HGV’s continuing to come through the town centre after the relief road is built. Highways England have said the relief road, with its four roundabouts, is simply for access to the new housing developments.”

Liberal Democrats also say that unless the A5 through the town is de-trunked HGVs and other traffic will continue to damage and pollute the town centre. Local Liberal Democrats have pledged to continue to work constructively to keep up the pressure on Government to de-trunk the A5 through Towcester.  

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peter k
At 12:41 on 28th October 2020, peter k commented:
Unfortunately, this situation was very predictable and I am glad to see Martin Johns and team are keeping the matter alive.

It might also help to remember the matter of the £3.8m and why it was passed to Persimmon. This was the sum, classified in old money as a Section 106 Payment, and would have been used by our local authorities to fund local infrastructure. Instead, after much anger expressed at a local Relief Road meeting about the idea of using our funds in this manner, the money was given to the developer. To call the relief road a "bypass" was a misnomer from the start and all involved new this.
oscar
At 12:03 on 29th October 2020, oscar commented:
It's very unlikely that this relief/bypass will be built. Were it to be, all it would acchieve is cause an even greater fraffic jam on both the A43 roundabouts. The majority of traffic travels south in the evenings so would join, via a roundabout, the already congested A43 between the Whittlebury turn and the roundabout. to avoid this traffic will continue through the town. Obviously the congestion would be in reverse in the mornings. The bypass was offered as a sop to the SNC officers and councillors swollowed it with no thought or concern for the town.
peter k
At 11:18 on 30th October 2020, peter k commented:
Thank you Ian for that comprehensive up date and some clarification of the £3.8m payment. However, as you state, this is an additional payment made by the Highways Agency to speed up the road and not involved with the normal 106 agreement funding. Hopefully, I now have this straight at last. But the question now does arise is how much did South Northants actually gain form the actual 106 funding. Where in our area has the money gone and what is it destined to fund?

Peter Kelly
Towcester
JimmyB
At 10:47 on 3rd November 2020, JimmyB commented:
Ian, you could argue the Conservatives have done nothing to move this project along properly either. We are still getting a sub standard road judging by plans. I see the Lib Dems have upset you with a little bit of critisim on your management of it.

Can you also confirm is the Lib Dem Councillors were invited to any of the meetings with Highways England, ministerial meetings, meetings with Persimmon you mention? I bet not. Your party are awful when it comes to keeping your cards close to your chest and then claiming all the credit and playing political games. Dont pretend its just the other parties that do it.

The Lib Dems have campaigned for years for this road and when we have the perfect chance to finally get it, your Council negotiate the worst possible outcome along with your parites MP, upsetting a lot of the Town in the process.
JimmyB
At 19:33 on 5th November 2020, JimmyB commented:
Ian, I have checked with the Lib Dem Councillors on the below quote....you did not invite them to the meetings. You also have not involved the Town Council in any meetings. So is this just you and your mates making the decisions and getting all the info? Could you clarify please?

"Throughout this the Towcester Lib Dems have not been to any meeting with Highways England, ministerial meetings, meetings with Persimmon...."

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