A417 Missing Link

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A417 Missing Link

Received 31 August 2021
From Linda Dawson

Representation

Unfortunately, this road is going through on the highest point of the AONB with no apparent thought that it will be an eyesore and seen for miles around with the consequence being that the Cotswolds will not get National Park status. Just expand what is already there. Safety seems to be one of the main reasons for this so-called improvement but there is still going to be multiple exits and entrances onto high speed roadways. This road will still be congested at times, still include steep gradients, be exposed to increased fog, wind and icy conditions which is prevalent in this area, so what is going to change? With climate change being a high priority, why are we over developing roads, destroying farmland and physically altering the ecosystem and probably at the extinction of species. The repurposing does not go far enough in an AONB and should be put back to its original state not look like a suburban park. Primarily, because you are not offsetting the current road and there would be two areas of development within the AONB. Also, two roads off the existing road to Birdlip have already been decommissioned, it would make far more sense to keep the existing A417 open for local traffic and a feeder road to Cheltenham. Cowley being the village nearest to the new road we asked Highways to come and speak to us, they ignored our request. The budget has already been cut and the route changed bringing it even closer to our village and we have no guarantees that any adverse effects will be mitigated.