A417 Missing Link

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A417 Missing Link

Received 27 August 2021
From Linda Turner

Representation

The proposed route cuts through a huge area of an AONB, destroying the centuries old ecosystem and all the plant life and wildlife it supports. I believe with the impact of climate change we need to preserve our fragile environment not destroy it. This proposal will definitely not “enhance the environment.’ We need to invest in better public transport which is particularly poor in this area rather than encouraging reliance on travelling by car which is responsible for most of our air pollution. It will also cause significant noise pollution to the local community. This option was not supported at any stage by the local community or organisations such as The National Trust and Gloucestershire Wildlife Assoc. the preferred option was a tunnel, the second, option 12 was to widen the existing A417 which would be more cost effective and prevent the widespread damage to the environment. I understand that this option was discounted by the Highways Authority as it would entail a drop of speed on the Air Balloon corner. This lower speed for a very short section would actually improve the levels of air pollution. “The Welsh Government has announced that all new road building projects in Wales would be shelved and re-evaluated due to concerns about the environment.” A 50mph limit on a new £336m stretch of the A465 dual carriageway is to be imposed. Locally, the Cowley junction is to be “residents only” . This road through Cowley woods is a very long single track with no passing places. How will this be enforced in practice? I would propose removing this junction completely. There are only 3 properties on this lane and they can have access through the village.