24 June: Two consultations on controversial roads schemes in Lancashire and Kingskerswell in Devon are not going quite as they should...
In Devon, the county council are embarking on a series of exhibitions to consult local people on the new low-cost Kingskerswell Bypass. However the exhibitions are spectacularly back-firing on them. Villagers were dismayed and angry at yesterday's exhibition when they realised that by leaving out slip roads from the new designs means village traffic will be sent on a convoluted route along a narrow lane, over a hump back bridge with new traffic lights and around 3 mini roundabouts. Double decker buses will have priority over the bridge. Just as well, so they do not meet the heavy tipper trucks from the local quarry nor the container vehicles from the industrial laundry which currently use these back lanes!
However, the Kingskerswell Alliance are making good use of the exhibitions by getting hoards of people to sign their new postcards which are being posted to ministers persuading them not to fund the scheme.
Meanwhile in Lancashire, as reported in the 4 April blog, the county council have just started their consultation with local people on the Heysham to M6 Link Road before it goes before the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) next year. However, true to their word, LCC are only allowing discussions on design changes, not on the actual scheme itself. This is only infuriating local people even more. Local campaigners Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecombe (TSLM) have written to the council to complain.