Hampton Ward Newsletter July 2018

Hampton Ward Newsletter July 2018

You may have read or heard about the processes currently underway to agree a route for the Hereford by-pass. A huge amount of work has gone into this subject and the Council has been criticised and questioned, quite rightly, at every turn, but at the end of the day decisions will be made and a by-pass will be built, which will help to reduce journey times and improve the traffic flow, in and around the city.

The first section of the by-pass, known as the Southern Link Road, was approved almost 2 years ago and is designed to link the A49 Ross Road with the A465 Abergavenny Road. This new road will make it easier for heavy traffic to access the Enterprise Zone at Rotherwas. Unfortunately, a number of objections by local landowners has resulted in a judicial review being called, which is planned to take place in October. This will result in further delays and additional costs to the project.

In January this year, the council’s Cabinet approved a short-list of route corridors for the bypass and a public consultation was carried out regarding these proposals. Additional work on the Hereford Transport Package was undertaken during February and March and since then work has progressed to assess the environmental, engineering, economic and traffic factors affecting the different routes.

The responses received to the consultation have all been analysed and detailed reports have been prepared by the council’s consultants which help to explain the results of this work.

The council’s General Scrutiny Committee (of which I’m a member) has called-in the decision for ‘pre-decision scrutiny’ and the matter will be debated by the Committee on Wednesday 18th July at 10.00am. The council’s Cabinet will consider these reports and recommendations on Friday 27th July, at 10.00am.

Both meetings will be held in public at the Shire Hall in Hereford and anyone is able to attend to observe the proceedings and an audio recording of the meetings will be broadcast live on the council’s website.

The lengthy reports for the General Scrutiny Committee to consider, including the associated technical reports and appendices, will be available to view on the council’s website from 7.00pm on 10th July 2018. The Cabinet papers, including a proposed response to any recommendations made by the General Scrutiny Committee, will be published on or before 19th July.

Once the final recommendations have been agreed by Cabinet, the council’s consultants will carry out further work to develop the detailed proposals for the design of the scheme which will then be subject to a further public consultation later this year.

I hope you all continue to enjoy the summer. I’ll be back with more news and stories in September.

 

Cllr Bruce Baker

Hampton Ward

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