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It was the the Scrutiny meeting tonight at the City Hall. We think we can say that the EDTT committee will make a strong recommendation that the Evesham Road Link is not in the next Local Plan. Our representatives and Local councillors delivered strong and informed cases against a Link Road.
The draft of the Local Plan is due out in January/Febrauary of next year and we shall see it then. We feel as reassured as we dare that the Evesham Road Link will not be included, but need to wait for final confirmation in the Local Plan itself.
Thanks to all of you who wrote to councillors. The letters were all forwarded on to members of the Scrutiny Committee. And thanks to those of you who were able to come to the meeting tonight. Special thanks to those who spoke so effectively on our behalf.
16/10/19 Scrutiny Commission meeting - our chance to put our case to the council in more detail.
Finally we have movement! The council’s Economic Development, Transport and Tourism Scrutiny Commission has invited us to address them about what they are calling the Evesham link road (a new road across the North end of Aylestone Meadows across the River Soar).
The meeting is at 5.30pm on Weds 16th Oct 2019 in City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ. We and other organisations are being given 30 mins to talk to the commission about the Evesham link road. They are not a decision making body (the City Executive are) but this commission is able to make recommendations to the City Executive about both transport and the local plan. We will be asking:
- that the possibility of this road (the red line on the map as the council sees it) is removed from the local plan for once and for all.
- that the city council makes a commitment not to build this road now or in the next 30 years.
It would be great if you could write to the councillors on the commission beforehand and come to the meeting to show them that we want them to take this seriously. Please go to our get involved page for more info.
End of the Road is a campaign group made up of people, including many local residents, who do not want to have a road built from Narborough Rd, along Evesham Rd, across the Aylestone Meadows and the River Soar to Saffron Lane in Leicester.
We are opposed to such a road being built for many reasons, including: health concerns; damage to the Aylestone Meadows and the local community; serious impacts on already deprived communities; children’s safety and creating more car use, congestion and air pollution.
The End of The Road Group is calling on Leicester City Council to remove the Link Road from the Leicester Local Plan and to put in place more effective and systematic ways to relieve congestion and improve air quality in Leicester which promote equality, welfare, the environment and the health needs of the residents of the city.
The road which the End of The Road is campaigning against is a road across from Narborough Rd, along Evesham Rd, across the North end of the Aylestone Meadows and the River Soar, probably along Boundary Rd and across Aylestone Road to Saffron Lane (and then probably linking up with Putney Road). The council tried to build it in the early nineties, but was prevented by strong local opposition. We would like this not to be a plan which we have to fight every 20 or 30 years!
Last year (2017) it came up again as a possibility in the consultation for the Leicester local plan. To see the reference to it in the Local Plan on page 68, paragraph 8.19 of the “Emerging options reference document”, click here and scan down to the "Emerging options reference document". It reads “A list of potential highway improvement lines and schemes has been developed over many years....such as land protected for a link between Narborough Road and Saffron Lane involving a bridge link across the River Soar”.
On it's own this might not have been enough to ring alarm bells, but combined with the funding bid for Putney Road (see below) and personal reports from various people that they had heard both Sir Peter Soulsby and Deputy Major Adam Clark say that the road will exist in the next 10-15 years, we feel it is necessary to engage with the council on why we don't think this road is a good idea now, rather than when it's potentially too late to make a difference.
At the moment the official council position is that it has no plan to build this road, and it is simply another line on their map of possible future roads. However, we think what they mean is no official formal plan - and that they do have an intention to build it in the next 5-15 years. We think this for the following reasons:
On page 8 of their funding bid for the opening of Putney Rd (signed by Adam Clarke), the council says: "Leicester City Council is considering a future scheme whereby Evesham Road would be extended to provide a direct link (new vehicular bridge over River Soar and canal) between the A426 Aylestone Road and the A5460 Narborough Road and M1/J21. There are very few river crossings in the south of the city (namely Upperton Road and Middleton Street) and providing this link would free up those congested routes across the river. The Putney Road link would greatly enhance the viability of building the Evesham Road link."