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Anger at Hereford's "inadequate" bypass plans
Herefordshire Council has been accused of making undemocratic decisions over changes to the city’s bypass plan.
In a petition signed by 100 residents living near the proposed route south east of Belmont, campaigners say they were not properly consulted over last year’s changes to the route of the Hereford relief road.
They claim the consultation process was at best “woefully inadequate” and at worst would not stand up to legal scrutiny.
Members of the Grafton–Belmont Relief Road Group, which led the petition, have now called for the decision-making process to be investigated and the revised route – connecting the A49 and A465 south of the city at the Clehonger junction – to be thrown out.
“We oppose the road as a whole unless it can be authoritatively and objectively shown that it is part of a combined sustainable affordable transport solution,” said Tom Packham, of Grafton Court.
In October 2010, Herefordshire Council revealed its preferred bypass route was one going west of the city.
A year later – nine weeks before the public consultation closed, the council published a report with a new route for the part connecting the A49 and the A465.
This new proposal was first suggested in the 1980s and runs closer to Belmont Abbey than the earlier plan going further south.