Impact not ignored
APPARENTLY your correspondent Mr Hayward s mind is boggling (Letters, May 24) at the thought of the proposals for Huntingdon s roads, as revealed in your paper on May 17. May I put his mind at rest? I can assure him that the proposals have emerged only a
APPARENTLY your correspondent Mr Hayward's mind is boggling (Letters, May 24) at the thought of the proposals for Huntingdon's roads, as revealed in your paper on May 17. May I put his mind at rest?
I can assure him that the proposals have emerged only after very thorough independent research and a more rigorous analysis in and round the town than has ever been undertaken before. The impact has certainly not been ignored as he suggests.
Indeed, he and your readers will have the opportunity to see this information, together with other proposals, at an exhibition concerning the future of the town centre, details of which will be widely publicised shortly.
In the meantime, imagine less traffic on the ring road and in Godmanchester, including over the mediaeval bridge, less pollution and a more vibrant town centre. These could all be the prizes which are possible, if we, as a community grasp this opportunity - subject, of course, to the Secretary of State making the right decision with regard to the A14 that allows the viaduct to be demolished.
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Ever since I came to work here eight years ago there has been a consistent theme ringing in my ears - why don't the planners/councils do something about the ring road? Well, here at last, not before time some will say, is the best opportunity for decades. I am convinced the vast majority of local people will want to welcome that opportunity, and not join your sceptical contributor.
Yes, Mr Hayward, as an officer I can say it is technically feasible and sensible. Now it is over to political decisions.
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MALCOLM SHARP, Director of Operational Services, Huntingdonshire District Council