New hope for Isham bypass bid revealed

Bypass campaigners Monica Salisbury, David Salisbury, Graham Rait and Hazel Rait

Bypass campaigners Monica Salisbury, David Salisbury, Graham Rait and Hazel Rait

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A leading county politician has said he is optimistic about the proposed Isham bypass following years of delays.

Planning consent for the £32.9m project was approved in 2006, but in 2010 the Government announced that it would not proceed due to the financial climate.

Village campaigners who continue to lobby for the new road recently met Kevin Rixon, major project team leader for Northamptonshire Highways.

And Cllr Jim Harker, leader of Northamptonshire County Council, also gave fresh hope to the project when unveiling plans to boost the county’s economy.

He said: “I am quite optimistic we will get something going on the Isham bypass.”

Campaigner Graham Rait said planned housing developments in Cranford and Wellingborough made the need for the bypass greater than ever.

He said: “Most of these people are going to be car drivers and most of them are going to be coming through Isham.”

The 3,000-home Wellingborough North development cannot progress past the first 1,500 homes without the bypass in place.

Cllr Paul Bell, leader of Wellingborough Council, said: “We are 100 per cent behind the campaigners and we will continue to lobby ministers and put pressure on the Government to release the necessary funds.”