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Councillors upset as Wichelstowe relief road proposal is overlooked
COUNCILLORS have criticised revised plans for Wichelstowe, claiming they do not go far enough, with the option of steering traffic over a railway line excluded from the debate.
Coun Wayne Crabbe, who represents the Wroughton and Wichelstowe wards, said he was disappointed the consultation, which was launched yesterday, did not include proposals for a relief road over the railway bridge to Great Western Way.
Under plans within Swindon Council’s consultation, which is running for three weeks, it proposed to re-align the Croft Road/Hay Lane link road, which is intended to give a more efficient road layout and bring greater life and viability to the development’s District Centre. It will also keep extra traffic away from Wroughton.
But Coun Crabbe said this option would lead to a tunnel or bridge being built over or under the M4 and cause traffic mayhem for commuters trying to get to and from work.
He said the obvious route would be over the Great Western Way as this would steer traffic away from junction 16, notorious for traffic congestion during rush hour, and create a completely separate road.
“The most significant issue is where they should build the relief road,” said Coun Crabbe. “The Great Western Way would allow people to drive from their homes in Wichelstowe and get straight into the centre of town.”
He added other issues raised in the consultation, such as the trigger point for new infrastructure being built going up from 1,100 to 2,500 homes, were only minor compared to where the relief road should be built.
Coun Ann Richards, who represents Wroughton and Wichelstowe, said her biggest concern was the re-alignment of the relief road.
“If you direct the road through a development, no one is going to use it,” sad Coun Richards. “Once the road is there it will be very difficult to change it.”
The first phase of the Wichelstowe scheme with more than 800 homes in East Wichel is now well under way and is being delivered by Taylor Wimpey.
Of the remainder of the 4,500 home scheme, land at Middle and West Wichel, approximately 75 per cent remains in council ownership. Work on a Waitrose supermarket, which forms part of the district centre, is under way.
Residents can attend public exhibitions at East Wichel Community Centre today from 2.30pm-7pm, Ellendune Centre, Wroughton on Friday from 10am-1pm, and 4pm-7pm, and the Arts Centre, Old Town next Wednesday from 1pm-6.30pm. For more information on the consultation, visit www.wichelstowe.co.uk
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