Relief road proposals get plenty of feedback
19 Feb 2010AN EXHIBITION of plans for the final section of the Sittingbourne Northern Relief Road attracted more than 200 people.
The proposals for the fourth section of the £35.51 million* relief road scheme were unveiled at a two-day exhibition in Bapchild at the weekend.
A total of 235 visitors attended the exhibition, held at Hempstead House Hotel, where they were able to see the plans on display for the first time.
The final section would link the East Hall Farm development at Murston with the A2 at Bapchild, completing the long-awaited 1.4km project, bringing a reduction in town centre traffic and a hoped-for regeneration of the area. The proposed route, costing an estimated £20m, would combine elements of previous routes.
The planned completion date for the Northern Relief Road is November 4, 2011**, but it is expected it will open earlier.
At the weekend's exhibition, visitors were asked to complete questionnaires and were able to quiz officers from Kent County Council and design consultants who were on hand to answer questions.
George Chandler, KCC regeneration and proj ects manager, said feedback from visitors at the exhibition had been "very positive and extremely calm and civilised".
He added: "Quite a few people elected to take their questionnaires away and fill them in once they had thought about the issues in more depth, so we don't have a full picture of comments yet.
"The consultation process is open for 12 weeks and we will be meeting people and groups during that time to gather further information and views."
A copy of the questionnaire can be downloaded by going to www.kent.gov.uk/ roadsandtransport Click on Current Consultations and then Sittingbourne Northern Relief Road. Views may be emailed to projectsupportteam@ kent.gov.uk or by calling 01622 221866.
The closing date for comments is May 10, 2010. Further information on the progress of the scheme after the consultation period has closed will be posted in updates on the website.
Article from Kent Messenger
* This is incorrect the entire scheme is likely to cost £100 million and the costs printed here relate to the third section which crosses the creek
** This is also incorrect and again related to the creek crossing and not to this proposal. It is anticipated that it will take around 10 years.