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Bypass 2.0?

Update 3.12.09 :  (Original story below this update)

I submitted a question at last night’s District Assembly asking for more detail of the proposed new shorter Mottram Bypass.  As I feared, Councillor Oldham wasn’t able / willing to provide anything in written form.  He took the opportunity to recount a potted history of the 30 year saga (for the Press) but he did reveal that residents can hope to learn some further detail in SPRING 2010 when the plans will be available in a “Public Exhibition”.

Considering it is now 4 months since Councillor Oldham wrote to residents to announce the £100 Million project had been agreed, residents are asking why so little detail has been forthcoming.

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Original Story follows:

With plans for the Bypass in tatters, Labour Councillor and Council Leader Roy Oldham is desperate to keep us believing he will eventually deliver something.

He was incandescent with rage when  with the Highways Agency wrote directly to us all, confirming the Bypass is definitely off.   His response has been to rush out his own letter claiming the Bypass was still on, and has slammed the actions of the Highways Agency during an unscheduled speech to the local District Assembly meeting.

Alderley Edge Bypass is well under way. Will Roy Oldham ever get to do this?

He is now claiming that AGMA (the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities) has ‘agreed to identify’ £100 million for an alternative scheme.  But after 3o years of unfulfilled promises, I wouldn’t bet your house on it happening any time soon.

Details of the ‘alternative scheme’ are very thin on the ground.  (Actually that is not true. They are non-existant).  In contrast to Roy Oldham’s rhetoric, no plans or schemes have been issued.  The only clue is that it appears the new scheme will bypass only Mottram.

Quite why there isn’t a plan available is a mystery.  Equally puzzling is how bypassing ONLY Mottram is meant to help Hollingworth.

Campaigners ‘for’ the bypass are telling us they believe the new plan would initially follow the route of the (proper) bypass, upto the Mottram showground area, before taking all it’s traffic down across / over Mottram Moor down towards Woolley Bridge/Brookfield.

Residents whose property may be impacted by the works are desperate to know more about the scheme and we will be submitting questions to the next District Assembly in the hope of getting more details. We’ll update this page as soon as we know any more.

If you know more about this than us, please get in touch!

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