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A417 Missing Link

Received 01 September 2021
From Rahul Ahuja


Background I am Rahul Ahuja, [redacted] Having a dual carriageway constructed within a kilometre from our house will destroy those surroundings and is already having a detrimental impact on the value of it. My representation, limited to 500 words is given below, in addition my wife, Anju Ahuja will make her own representation as the second adult in the household which I fully support. The representation/ Summary of points; I strongly oppose Option 30 for this scheme for the following reasons: 1) Noise – we can already hear the current A417 which runs to the south of our house, this is being brought a lot closer and as a dual carriageway on both that side and to the west of our house, therefore from two directions, the noise levels will definitely be increased, notwithstanding the deployment of quiet road surfaces. The current A417 was built some twenty years ago and the Birdlip residents have been complaining about noise and air pollution levels ever since. Shifting the road towards Cowley in a larger format is just transferring the problem on to us, this is not the solution to that problem. 2) Environmental Impact - We believe option 30 is the worst possible route for the environment. Cutting down trees and destroying grassland when we have stated government policy to invest and plant more trees to reduce carbon dioxide is contradictory and in contravention to the 2015 Conservative manifesto. The proposed scheme will result in a net loss of wildlife habitat. At a time when the importance of nature and outdoor green spaces has become clearer and more precious than ever, it is essential that the scheme avoids increased impact on the most sensitive wildlife habitat. 3) We do not, alongside other villagers at Cowley believe that our interests have been fairly represented and therefore considered by Highways England in the consultative process. We have a joint Parish council with Birdlip and for reasons stated above (in Point 1) this naturally presents a conflict of interest issue. 4) Disruption to village live during the construction phase which is likely to last for at least four years. I don’t agree that the transition from the existing road to the new one will be as smooth and seamless as presented in the plans. These projects tend to over-run in costs and timing, especially in the current environment where there are supply chain constraints. I do strongly believe that the construction and other traffic will use the already narrow and fragile roads in the village and destroy the peace in the village.