Calls for more time for residents to have say over A46 Newark bypass dualling
Calls have been made for more time for residents to have their say over the A46 Newark bypass dualling.
Mrs Maureen Dobson, of Collingham, told Newark and Sherwood District Council’s economic development committee that residents needed more time.
The first stage of public consultation, which opened on December 9, is due to close tomorrow (Tuesday).
Mrs Dobson said residents did not have time to think about the proposals due to coronavirus and the busy nature of the Christmas and new year period.
“I am disappointed that Highways England chose to start the consultation three weeks before Christmas and the new year,” said Mrs Dobson.
“We need to give people time to consider and understand what this actually means.
“Normally, public meetings would be held in Winthorpe and in Farndon, but because of covid it has been done in a different way.
“The residents along that corridor need until the end of February not until February 2.”
Mr Keith Girling, committee chairman, said further delays would push back an already lengthy project.
He said residents would get another chance to put their ideas forward as the development progressed.
So far, two options have been put forward. In both cases the A46 would be widened to a dual carriageway between the Farndon and Winthorpe junctions.
Both options would also include a new link and a new bridge over the A1 to the north of the existing bridge.
Highways England would improve access to the A1 by removing A46 through-traffic from the Brownhills and Friendly Farmer roundabouts, allowing them to operate better.
Matthew Norton, the council’s business manager, said the importance of the project could not be underestimated to the people of Newark and the region as a whole.
“They (the two options) are key to unlocking growth, key for improving traffic flow and key also in terms of trade,” he said.
“At the moment we are talking to various stakeholders and considering the impact of the proposals.
“All of this is predicated on the Southern Link Road being delivered, and it is important to emphasis the important of the Southern Link Road to Highways England.
“It will also have an impact of individuals and businesses along the route, particularly Winthorpe given the proposals add an extra bridge over the A1 in both options.”
Roger Blaney said both options would bring regional and national improvements, however, as far as the local road network was concerned, he said it was crucial that the council pushed for grade separation at the cattlemarket roundabout.
“It seems counter-intuitive to have a surface level roundabout there, which would stop traffic on the A46 when the whole purpose of spending upwards of half a billion pounds is to improve the flow of traffic on the A46,” he said.
“Matthew (Norton) had made the point that residents will be affected, whether its Farndon or Winthorpe, so we must press Highways England to look at how the impact on our residents in those areas can be mitigated as a result of this work.”