Blow for village bypass hopes

CAMPAIGNERS for a village bypass fear the road will never be built after a decision over efforts to secure funding.

Northamptonshire County Council had applied last month to its own development control committee for an extra five years’ extension to safeguard a planning application for the proposed Isham bypass.

But officials deferred any decision to explore the possibility of a 10-year extension instead to secure funding for the bypass.

Nigel Stokes, 71, of Langton Place, Isham, is part of an action group for the bypass and said: “Asking for a 10-year extension is ludicrous.

“The council is living in cloud cuckoo land. Isham will come to a standstill.

“I counted 146 vehicles driving past on the main road in just under 20 minutes.

“I’d ask any councillor to come to my house and watch my glass of water ripple when a lorry comes past.”

The bypass was given the go-ahead in 2006, but the council has been unable to find funding for it so will now consult on whether five or 10 years is the preferred option for an extension.

The plans received a setback in May 2011, when the county council’s cabinet decided to inject the £6m it had earmarked for the Isham bypass into the A43 link road at Geddington.

Graham Rait, of Middle Street, Isham, is chairman of the action group, and said: “The situation gets more and more depressing every time I speak about it.

“One should never give up but it is looking unlikely.”

A county council spokesman said: “The county council is still intending to construct the bypass.

“It was agreed at the meeting that further consultation will now take place to determine whether a five or 10-year extension would be appropriate.”