We are opposed to a new road being built across the River Soar for many reasons including those below. We are therefore asking Leicester City Council to
1/. remove the Link Road from the Local Plan and to
2/. consider alternative methods to relieve congestion in a joined-up method that promotes equality, welfare, wildlife and the health needs of the residents of the city as well as our need to move around.
|1, We are concerned about the road’s impact on people’s health both locally and for the wider population of Leicester. We’re particularly concerned about young children, the elderly and those with existing health conditions. Air pollution is a serious problem in Leicester already, and the addition of more roads will only spread this problem to a wider population, resulting in many long-term negative health effects and avoidable premature deaths|
|Repeated and reputable studies have shown that building new roads only provides temporary relief to traffic congestion. In the longer term, it only leads to increased traffic levels and more congestion.|
|The plan would mean a major road running alongside an infant and junior school, putting the safety of the school children at risk of being involved in road accidents as well as increasing their exposure to air pollution.|
|The road would run along the Northern edge of Aylestone Meadows and cut through the green river corridor which is Leicester’s largest nature reserve and home to many rare animals and plants. This would damage the delicate eco-system that is currently present.|
|Local residents feel the road would destroy the sense of community that the area currently enjoys.|