Residents plea for relief road

A CAMPAIGN will launch tomorrow to try to put a stop to traffic problems that have plagued part of a town for more than 30 years.

Residents of the Castle Ward of Wellingborough are calling for improvements to the transport situation to the east of Wellingborough.

There are currently three campaigns in the ward, with Eastfield Road, Station Road and Senwick Road protesters all arguing that over-development has made the roads dangerous for families.

Independent councillor Paul Crofts and Labour members Shashi Dholakia, Maureen Shram and James Ashton are inviting concerned residents to the Victoria Centre, Palk Road, tomorrow.

Cllr Crofts said: “For well over 20 years residents, councillors and others have argued for a permanent solution to divert the very heavy traffic that uses this part of town as an extension of the current outer-relief road system and as a short-cut to the A45.

“Over the years there has been a huge growth in traffic, especially of HGVs.

“In the past an outer-relief road was promised in Local Plans, but so far nothing has happened.

“The main aim of the meeting is to set up a campaign group to find a permanent solution. We can’t have the extensive development of Wellingborough East without a solution that will benefit the people who already live here.

“We want anyone who wants to help campaign or has solutions to come along and help us.

“There is an opportunity here to solve these problems once and for all.”

Last Friday, Wellingborough and Rushden MP Peter Bone, and Sir Peter Fry, former constituency MP and chairman of campaign group Stop the Over-Development of Northamptonshire, met residents of the Castle ward.

Mr Bone said: “I am hoping the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government will visit to see the problems of over-development.

“The planning applications are the responsibility of the council but their hands are often tied by the Government, who demand extra houses.

“It is not right to throw up homes without providing roads, hospitals and schools. We may see a repeat of the 1960s where dense estates are thrown up without infrastructure, leading to social problems.”