Newark: Residents write to MP Robert Jenrick over A46 proposals through Winthorpe
Concerned residents have written to their MP over the A46 proposals through Winthorpe, expressing their desire to get it right first time.
While acknowledging the importance of the dualling scheme, members of the Winthorpe Residents A46 consultation group Think Again have written to Newark MP Robert Jenrick with severe misgivings.
Dr Andrew Parkin, on behalf of the group, wrote: “We do all agree that this is one of the most important investments Newark has secured in living memory and want it to proceed at pace, but there is still a number of significant questions to be answered and concerns addressed, including those of residents impacted by some scenarios.
“After all, with such an important development I’m sure you will agree that all parties concerned will want to get it right first time.
“Under the two options put forward for this scheme by Highways England, we have severe misgivings about the negative impact of either option on the village, the poor quality of the consultation process compared to other similar schemes (eg the Lincoln Eastern bypass) the reasons for not considering the land on the Newark Showground/airfield as a possible route for the proposed new carriageway and the effect of the, as yet, incomplete southern relief road.
“Our Think Again group has membership from all areas of the village, publishes regular e-bulletins and is beginning to outreach to other interested parties such as the residents of Robert Dukeson Avenue and the Winthorpe Road estate.
“We have commissioned drone aerial photos and video footage of the route and asked advice from the major charities who might have an interest in the project. We have also liaised with our local councillors, local charities and our parish council.”
The group is seeking a covid-compliant meeting with the MP, who is secretary-of-state for housing, communities and local government.
It argues such a meeting will allow Mr Jenrick to take a balanced view of the project having listened to both sides of the debate.
Highways England has put forward two options for the first stage of public consultation.
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.
The Think Again group has produced images of what the proposed route would look like, taking Highways England’s actual drawings of both proposed routes and superimposed them on both Google Maps and a still from drone footage.
They are looking over the A1 up to Winthorpe.
The £27m dualling scheme was announced after years of campaigning and work is due to start in 2025.
Highways England says feedback from the current consultation would be used to shape future proposals.