10th Dec, 2016

Campaigners preparing to fight planned relief road

Stratford Editorial 21st May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

RESIDENTS are rallying to fight the planned south-west relief road in Stratford.

The two mile stretch of road, complete with a flyover across the Greenway and the Avon, is earmarked to run from the Shipston Road to Evesham Road near the racecourse. It is aimed at relieving traffic congestion in the town, and is included in Stratford District Council’s proposed Core Strategy outlining future development in the area.

But residents, who have set up an action group, are worried Long Marston developers, Cala Homes have ‘dangled the carrot’ of a relief road in front of Stratford District Council, and the road has been included in the Core Strategy without proper consultation or consideration.

At a Luddington Parish Council meeting on Tuesday residents demanded to know why Warwickshire County Council, as the highway authority, had not listened to the many objections.

But county councilor John Horner, who attended, explained the authority was only able to consult as the plans progressed to ensure the road would be safe and suitable for the amount and type of traffic using it.

Others questioned if there were no other suitable alternatives such as an eastern relief road from near the Rosebird centre to the M40.

Proposals to build a commercial industrial estate three miles outside Stratford at Atherstone air field have also prompted fears about an increased number of HGVs.

The Core Strategy document is set to be finalised by July. There will then be a period of six weeks where the document may be subject to legal challenge.

If the Core Strategy is adopted, Cala Homes would pay towards the cost of the road under the document’s terms. Plans for the road are still basic and no engineering plans have yet been drawn up.

Residents have set up a Facebook page to oppose the road. Search ‘Oppose the Western Relief Road’.