Offensive’ remark misses the point

THE comments made by Councillor Colin Hyams (Letters, May 24) were both irrelevant and offensive. I write as an individual and not as a member of any action group. The comment made by your paper on May 17 and repeated by Councillor Hyams that Huntingdon,

THE comments made by Councillor Colin Hyams (Letters, May 24) were both irrelevant and offensive. I write as an individual and not as a member of any action group.

The comment made by your paper on May 17 and repeated by Councillor Hyams that "Huntingdon, Godmanchester, Fenstanton and Brampton have better cause to complain about the present road than the Offords and Hilton do about the new one" is totally irrelevant to the Offords' case. Everyone has cause to complain about the present road.

Perhaps it was the failure of Huntingdon, Godmanchester, Fenstanton and Brampton to take a more active part during the planning stages of the present road to ensure that it had an acceptable route and would be able to meet the demand of increasing traffic well into the future that gives rise to our present day problems.

The Offords' case is not about the present road but relates to the new one.

Subsequent to the CHUMMS report some years ago the Offords were not consulted by the Highways Agency or any other body regarding the new proposals and changes to the proposed route. The Offords found out about them only at the very last minute due to the consultations taking place elsewhere.

Therefore the Offords had every right to raise objections and The Hunts Post should have been the first to support them.

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Councillor Hyams asks "Do the Offords care or realise how many people have died or been injured during the time they have delayed the new A14?" I think this is very offensive and consider it to be an attempt to exert emotional blackmail. People in the Offords also regularly use the A14 and want to see a new and safer road built.

If there is any delay then it is as a direct result of the Highways Agency, councils and officials involved, who apparently ignored correct procedures and tried to force their preferred plan through without adequate consultation.

G J MEWETT, Offord D'Arcy

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