Campaign against A14 upgrade
RESIDENTS of Brampton living near the A1 have been receiving letters from a firm of surveyors offering to represent them in any claim for noise compensation should the A14 Fen Drayton to Ellington road scheme go ahead. May I advise residents through your
RESIDENTS of Brampton living near the A1 have been receiving letters from a firm of surveyors offering to represent them in any claim for noise compensation should the A14 Fen Drayton to Ellington road scheme go ahead. May I advise residents through your columns not to sign anything - the parish council is seeking legal advice on this and will keep residents informed.
May I also state that at the annual assembly in Brampton on April 23 - St George's Day - I asked those Brampton residents present to join the Brampton A14 Campaign Group fighting against this monstrous road scheme?
The group is informal and apolitical - all we care about is the well-being and quality of life of our community. To date the campaign has been a quiet one, seeking to influence Government decisions by raising awareness of Brampton's situation should this ill-devised scheme go ahead.
We now need to prepare for a Public Inquiry next year - not so far away - and need help to do this. Many who have campaigned unsuccessfully before say that overturning a Highways Agency road scheme is impossible - but times are changing. The environmental message is getting through.
A campaign group in Wales fighting a similarly-sized road scheme (up to 11 lanes of traffic) recently won at a Public Inquiry. The Welsh Minister accepted the Inspector's findings and declined to issue the Draft Orders for the scheme to proceed. I am in touch with this group and they have generously offered to share their experience to guide us through the Inquiry process.
I appeal to the residents of Brampton: Don't give up. All is not lost. Join the Brampton A14 Campaign Group now and, like St George, we can defeat this particular dragon (in this case the Highways Agency's plans) and save our village from this horrendous road scheme.
- 1 Eight Huntingdon children handed anti-social behaviour interventions
- 2 Suspected case of bird flu in swan reported to DEFRA
- 3 A1 set for night-time and weekend closures until August
- 4 New homes plan for Huntingdonshire village
- 5 Beagle puppies freed at MBR Acres after second day of action
- 6 Police check home of 101-year-old animal rights patron for stolen beagles
- 7 Two lorries crashed on A14 near Spaldwick
- 8 Part of The Busway set for weekend closure with diversions near St Ives
- 9 Meet the Sassy Lassies cycling group encouraging women in Huntingdonshire to ride
- 10 Police alert fire service to motor home engulfed in flames