STRATFORD Residents Action Group are urging people to make a stand against a proposed south western relief road which they fear would destroy the area.
A ‘scoping application’ has been submitted to Stratford District Council for the road which is intended to relieve traffic congestion in and around the town.
The plans state the proposed road – which has been included in the district council’s Core Strategy planning document – would run between the Shipston Road near Orchard Hill Farm and the Luddington Road.
SRAG spokeswoman Marion Homer said: “This scoping agreement is just the beginning, but there’s a long way to go before the route of this road is anywhere near finalised so it’s important as many people as possible respond.
“Every submission will be looked at so volume will count – please do not leave this to someone else.
“All SRAG want is reassurance the £30million Cala are giving SDC to build a relief road is being spent wisely. Currently we see no evidence of proper impact studies or consideration of alternative routes.
“Our fear is this money will be wasted on a road that does not ‘relieve’ anything while also destroying an area enjoyed by many, blighting the lives of local residents through increased noise and light pollution, and making flooding more likely.
“With the approaching local and general elections we urge all residents to ensure they know where their local candidates stand on this issue and whether they are prepared to fight to save this corner of town for both the benefit of local residents and visiting tourists and to seriously tackle the issue of traffic management in our town.”
SRAG formed in opposition of the relief road and are urging people to have their say by May 15.
Search SCOPE/00030 at apps.stratford.gov.uk/eplanning to see the plans and make a comment.