10th Dec, 2016

Fight continues to stop relief road in Stratford

Stratford Editorial 6th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE FIGHT continues to stop a proposed relief road in Stratford.

The newly-formed Stratford Residents Action Group have previously voiced their concerns about the two mile stretch of road, complete with a flyover across the Greenway and the Avon, which is earmarked to run from the Shipston Road to Evesham Road near the racecourse.

And now they are taking a stand by rallying people to sign a petition, which calls for public consultation about the road to reopen.

They argue Stratford Racecourse bore the brunt of heavy rain earlier this year and the road, which would be built on the natural flood plains, helped to protect the rest of the town from flooding. They say the road’s placement has not been properly thought through.

Action group member Andy Haines said: “We shouldn’t forget the 2007 floods in Tewkesbury – it isn’t something you want to invite.

“With two deaths and countless families displaced, and you can’t ‘unbuild’ on the flood plain.

“2007 was the first time in 1,000 years the abbey was flooded – curiously three years after they started ‘recovering’ the flood plain to build 6,000 houses on.”

People are invited to attend the next group meeting on June 15 from 7pm at Luddington Village Hall to have their say on the proposed road.

Visit www.change.org and search ‘MM78’ to view the petition.