‘Traffic gridlock in the making’ concern

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HAVING just read Fenland District Councils “Core Strategy” document I am amazed that 4,200 homes are being planned for March over the next 20 years and not a mention of how the traffic to be generated by this massive scale of development will be accommodated.

This is traffic gridlock in the making and our local council is planning it!

There are some 1,000 dwellings being proposed to the north east of March located between Flagrass Road, Elm Road and Estover Road.

Development that will intrude well into the open countryside but worst of all, a potential extra 2,400 vehicles using Elm Road, Station Road and Estover Road.

The railway crossing in Station Road already causes congestion often with tailbacks to County Road and Estover Road.

The intersection of Station Road with Creek Road and Broad Street into the town centre is probably one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the whole town. Now the district council are proposing to make a difficult traffic situation much worse by adding another 2,400 vehicles.

There are proposals for another 3,200 dwellings to the south of March.

At least that area has more direct access to March bypass, but what of the extra traffic wanting to come into the town centre and where do they park?

Try asking the planners at Fenland Hall how many houses are to be built in the various locations, and the answer is, they don’t know. Try asking how the current road system will cope with this major housing development and the answer is, they don’t know.

That was the answer I got on Tuesday when I telephoned the helpline for this development.

The Core Strategy document states that the council ‘wants to improve the quality of life for all Fenland residents.

They also feel it is important to retain the special qualities that make our district unique’. In my opinion, the major housing development and its subsequent traffic impact will destroy those special qualities.

It happened with the destruction of our once unique landscape by the impact of wind turbines. Now it’s the towns that are going to be destroyed.

If residents are concerned about these proposals, they should write to the Fenland District Council before September 5.

There are no public exhibitions planned, no meetings, just documents on their website. Planning an increase of 11,000 new homes in the four towns in Fenland needs much better consultation with its residents than just asking them to go to a website and read a 97 page document.

TREVOR WATSON

March