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25th Jun, 2022

Campaigners to rally support next to consultation on controversial relief road

CAMPAIGNERS against controversial plans for a relief road in Stratford are rallying support while developers outline designs next door.

Stratford Residents Action Group (SRAG) is hosting an information stall at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Bridge Foot at the same times Cala Homes will be holding a consultation on designs for the £30million South Western Relief Road.

The proposed road – to include a bridge spanning the Avon – would run between the Shipston Road near Orchard Hill Farm and Luddington Road near the racecourse. It would be funded by Cala Homes, as part of its creation of the 3,500 home garden village at Long Marston airfield.

Both SRAG and Cala will be arguing their respective cases on Thursday evening (4pm and 8pm) and again on Saturday (9am to 1pm).

SRAG spokeswoman Marion Homer said the group – which is trying to raise £25,000 towards legal challenge costs – believed there were many options which had not been considered by Stratford District Council.

She added: “We are not against a road. We’re not pretending traffic in the town is not a nightmare. But it needs to be the right decision. At the moment the plans are to place the road in an important corner of Stratford and being given a choice of one or the other is not good enough.”

“If these proposals go ahead Stratford will get a road that is monumentally harmful in terms of noise and increased congestion, it will encourage traffic into town that wants to pass from the south to the north, and will destroy a recreational area enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.”

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