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Make right decision at start


I totally empathise with the community at Lowfield Cottages, Balderton (Cut Off For A Year, Advertiser, August 18) who complain that roadworks dragging on for a year have left them cut off.

Based on current proposals, the community in Claypole and in neighbouring villages face similar problems dragging on for 20 years.

While we acknowledge the need for the homes to be built south of Fernwood, Claypole Parish Council has expressed concern that building two huge housing estates either side of our busy road into Newark presents real dangers to life, and appalling inconvenience.

We have presented alternative proposals for the road layout — but, of course, the price of roads is only ever measured in money until the first lives are lost.

And while these housing estates, each bigger than Claypole, are being developed over a 20-year period, people in Claypole will repeatedly be faced with temporary traffic controls, slow-moving vehicles, dirt, and danger on our sole access road into Newark.

People will be late for work, patients late for appointments, and a whole community will be simply inconvenienced in getting to shops and services in Newark or to the A1.

But it doesn’t have to be so.

Claypole Parish Council has put forward alternative road-layout proposals and we are meeting council officers to discuss them.

Unlike the problems on Bowbridge Lane, the responsibility will not lie solely on the shoulders of the developer.

Councillors and their officers have the opportunity and the responsibility to ensure that lives are neither lost nor blighted by listening and making the right decisions at the outset.

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