December 4 2013 Latest news:
Friday, February 8, 2013
People in Norwich got the chance to see how their feedback has changed plans for the city’s northern bypass yesterday.
An exhibition at the Forum, the latest in a series of 14 public viewings, outlined how the £141.5m project has been adapted to meet concerns raised during public consultation last year.
Norfolk County Council is asking for more views on the plans at the exhibitions, which began in Hellesdon and Sprowston on Monday and Tuesday, over the next month.
David Allfrey, the council’s highways and major projects manager, said that more than 120 people had attended in the first two exhibitions.
“Changes were made following feedback from the round of exhibitions in the summer.
February 11: Taverham Village Hall, Sandy Lane, 3-9pm.
February 13: Rackheath Holy Trinity Church Hall, Salhouse Road, 3-9pm.
February 14: Horsford Village Hall, Holt Road, 6.30-9pm.
February 15: Dussindale Community Centre, Pound Lane, Thorpe St Andrew 4-7.30pm.
February 19: Old Catton Village Hall, Church Street, 7-9.30pm.
February 21: Great Plumstead Parish Hall, 3-9pm.
February 25: Easton Village Hall, Marlingford Road, 6.30-9pm.
February 27: The Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane Recreation Ground, 2.30-5pm.
March 1: St Faiths Centre, Horsham St Faith, 3-9pm.
March 6: Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, 6.30-9pm.
March 8: Spixworth Methodist Church, Godfrey Road, 6.30-9pm.
“We said we would come back once we had gathered people’s views and show them how the changes have been made,” he said.
“We are trying to engage with as many people as possible.”
The major amendments include a roundabout being moved at the western end of the road, from the junction with Fir Covert Road in Taverham to where the new road will meet the A1067, and a bridge taking Middle Road over the bypass near Great Plumstead.
But Green Party county councillor Richard Bearman, at the Forum to see the plans, said the changes did not address the fundamental flaw with the road’s design – that it did not link directly with the A11 and A47.
“They are trying to get it to be a nationally significant project. Where does it link up with the national road network? It doesn’t.
“Some of the changes make sense, and mitigate the effect of severing some of the roads, but it presupposes that it’s all going to go ahead.”
Richard Sergeant, 56, of School Road, Drayton, agreed: “If you are going to make a road that distributes traffic, it needs to distribute it all the way round.
“The changes are an improvement but don’t solve the problems of when people want to go from the north-west of the city and access the main roads of the A11 and A47.” Spixworth resident Philip Cooper, 81, came to see how the road would affect the aviation museum where he volunteers.
“Hopefully we’ll be looking at relocation on the airfield, but I wanted to come to see exactly what the plans are at the moment. There’s lots of rumours going around so I wanted to see for myself.”
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