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When is a consultation not a consultation? When it's the Heysham M6

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4 April: The controversial Heysham M6 Link is set to be the first road scheme to go before the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), the independent body that examines applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

Campaigners from Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe have discovered that to get the cut-price road built, Lancashire County Council will have to submit a whole new planning application rather than merely amending their old one.

Unfortunately for the council, before the scheme goes to examination stage next year the IPC requires it to do lots of consultation and seek the views of local people, something the council has been unwilling to do so far. The council has interpreted this somewhat differently however. Their newsletter states that they won't be consulting on "the need for the road or its location" but "how it will look". So it seems local people won't be allowed to comment on the fundamental issue of the road itself, merely the colour of the lamp posts, if of course they haven't already been scrapped due to cost cutting.