Alternative link road routes "not suitable", inquiry hears

A NUMBER of alternative routes for a city centre link road were "not suitable", a public inquiry heard this week.

The inquiry – one of the biggest ever held in the county – heard that there were a number of objections to the compulsory purchase orders issued by Herefordshire Council in relation to a proposed city-centre link road.

The proposed road would run between Commercial Road and Edgar Street and would have an impact on a number of businesses in its path .

The inquiry – which began yesterday – heard the views of some objectors who felt another route was a better option.

The council responded to Mr H Vaughan who had stated that the council did not appear to have assessed alternatives to the order scheme in "any meaningful way".

Chris Oakley, Herefordshire Council’s transport manager, told the inquiry that while other routes had been considered, the chosen one was the "optimal solution".

In a rebuttal statement to Mr H Vaughan, the council said: “Schemes along the inner ring road itself, along the line of Blackfriars Street and Coningsby Street and along the line of Barrs Court Road were all considered during the master-planning process as were different scales of road within the present corridor for the scheme.

“Options seeking to address wider outer city traffic flow issues were not assessed on the basis that interventions at some distance from the city centre would not address the scheme objectives, including in terms of providing access to regeneration land.”

Mr Vaughan had suggested that his alternative route would offer more significant highway improvements but Herefordshire Council said this was not the point of the link road.

Instead, the link road is aimed at enabling infrastructure designed to facilitate the regeneration of the Edgar Street Grid area and the expansion of the city centre.

It focuses on specific objectives of providing access to new regeneration sites and on improving connectivity to, through and within the area, in particular by relieving traffic levels on Newmarket Street to enable greater connectivity with the historic core.

The inquiry continues.

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10:01pm Thu 24 Apr 14

ad47uk says...

so in other words, it don't matter about the smaller local companies that get pushed out as long as the multinational companies in the Edgar street grid gets what they want. typical Tories, don't care about local companies at all.
so in other words, it don't matter about the smaller local companies that get pushed out as long as the multinational companies in the Edgar street grid gets what they want. typical Tories, don't care about local companies at all. ad47uk
  • Score: 5

11:42am Fri 25 Apr 14

Herefordian07 says...

Unfortunately our beloved council haven't got a clue of how a real business works, they do not know how profit and loss works this is born out by them being bankrupt, yet unlike a real business they can keep dipping us further into debt and still keep their lofty positions regardless of the chaos they have created. The Edgar Street Grid is a white elephant which will damage the existing businesses in the historic city centre and despite being warned of this by the traders of Hereford, our arrogant council has blindly pushed through what they want. I have utter contempt for them for their treatment of the businesses being bulldozed to please their hideous re-development plans. I am praying to all deities to send a plague of boils to the lot of them, Rant over!
Unfortunately our beloved council haven't got a clue of how a real business works, they do not know how profit and loss works this is born out by them being bankrupt, yet unlike a real business they can keep dipping us further into debt and still keep their lofty positions regardless of the chaos they have created. The Edgar Street Grid is a white elephant which will damage the existing businesses in the historic city centre and despite being warned of this by the traders of Hereford, our arrogant council has blindly pushed through what they want. I have utter contempt for them for their treatment of the businesses being bulldozed to please their hideous re-development plans. I am praying to all deities to send a plague of boils to the lot of them, Rant over! Herefordian07
  • Score: 5

5:07pm Fri 25 Apr 14

jd1950 says...

Master planning, come on nothing they do is properly considered, I propose a flyover, to go right over the disaster that we call the inner ring road, but hey, who cares if the town grinds to a halt, it has done for over 40 years now, why change something if it DOES not work?
Master planning, come on nothing they do is properly considered, I propose a flyover, to go right over the disaster that we call the inner ring road, but hey, who cares if the town grinds to a halt, it has done for over 40 years now, why change something if it DOES not work? jd1950
  • Score: 1

5:21pm Fri 25 Apr 14

jd1950 says...

These people are like our beloved government (small g) for contempt. They between them have not got a clue, but with our hard earned taxes why the hell should they bother, it is only monopoly money as far as they are concerned , lots more to waste every day, totally different subject, but I feel I must mention it. The councillor who said that bin collections, ever other week would save on lorry miles, please tell me how sir, I used to drive a country run, going as far as white rocks, and round that area, black one week, recycling the next, are the men from Mars going to do the recycling round, if not how the hell are you going to cover less miles?, I really wish these people would at least get themselves information before making themselves look silly . People with no idea, Hereford has proved this to the outside world on many occasions
These people are like our beloved government (small g) for contempt. They between them have not got a clue, but with our hard earned taxes why the hell should they bother, it is only monopoly money as far as they are concerned , lots more to waste every day, totally different subject, but I feel I must mention it. The councillor who said that bin collections, ever other week would save on lorry miles, please tell me how sir, I used to drive a country run, going as far as white rocks, and round that area, black one week, recycling the next, are the men from Mars going to do the recycling round, if not how the hell are you going to cover less miles?, I really wish these people would at least get themselves information before making themselves look silly . People with no idea, Hereford has proved this to the outside world on many occasions jd1950
  • Score: 5

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