We've written to Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, asking him to call in Herefordshire Council’s decision to approve the controversial Hereford Southern Link Road.
In his letter to the Secretary of State, Campaign for Better Transport's Stephen Joseph set out the many grounds on which we objected to the link road, not least that it is a waste of public money, creating a lot of harm for little or no benefit.
In addition it will result in considerable loss of best and most versatile agricultural land, lead to the loss of ancient woodland and destroy an Iron Age settlement, and increase pollution, yet do very little to relieve traffic in Hereford, given that only 15% is through traffic.
There are positive alternatives to the new road:
"... other more sustainable and less damaging alternatives to a new road were not properly considered. Given that 85% of all traffic is heading into Hereford itself and not through it, there should be plenty of opportunities to reduce this through a series of measures to improve the infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. In doing so, this is likely to make the centre of Hereford a more attractive place which would strengthen the local economy."
Its clear that the Link Road conflicts with the National Planning Policy Framework principle to “actively manage patterns of growth to make the fullest possible use of public transport, walking and cycling, and focus significant development in locations which are or can be made sustainable”.
The full letter is attached below.
Campaign for Better Transport is just one of many groups objecting to the Hereford Southern Link Road, alongside Natural England, Historic England, the county Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust as well as local groups Here for Hereford, Hereford Transport Alliance and the local MP.
Meanwhile at the same time as Herefordshire is under fire for approving this damaging road, the council is also cutting vital local buses. All this from a Council that sets as its goal to "work together within an outstanding natural environment, bringing about sustainable prosperity and wellbeing for all."