A417 Missing Link

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A417 Missing Link

Received 23 August 2021
From Meg Mather

Representation

I OBJECT with Route 30 because it does not serve the best interests of our community or environment. Route 30 is an excessively expensive solution that produces only marginal gains for road users and maximum disruption to the landscape, villages and villagers. Route 30 will result in construction traffic that will cause irreparable damage and disruption to local villages/villagers, roads, wildlife and businesses. Route 30 will result in irreversible devastation to our AONB and just as the Cotswolds has been earmarked for elevation to National Park status! The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) makes it clear the Government’s commitment to protecting AONB’s and that “planning permission should be refused for major developments in these designated areas except in exceptional circumstances.” (Paragraph 176 & 177). Other PREFERRED route options, such as route 12, following the existing route of the A417, would do much less damage to the environment and our community. Preferred option, route 12, with reduced speed limits to 50 mph would be good for the environment and offer minimal disruption because lorries would, in any case, be unable to go above 50mph on this stretch due to the severe inclines involved (either going up or down!). Note: Heads of the Valleys Road construction reduced speed limit to 50mph from a previously agreed 70mph was advantageous for the environment [redacted] Preferred option, route 12, compared to option 30, would likewise improve safety, improve journey times (maybe to a slightly lesser extent), reduce rat-running through villages, but have a much greater impact on preserving our wildlife, our landscape & our treasured public footpaths, whilst having a similar impact on pollution (bearing in mind the Nation is going electric or hydrogen – potentially before this project ever gets fully completed!). Given COVID (new working practises eg ‘from home’), Brexit and proposed changes to the speed limit on the existing A417, the proposed route research is now OUT OF DATE and must be revisited to reflect current times. How much consideration has been given to vehicles going to electric or Hydrogen.