Petition to call for new bypass to be built soon

Residents of Isham want their bypass to be built
Residents of Isham want their bypass to be built

Campaigners are to petition Parliament over delays to get a £32.9m bypass built after planning permission was first approved in 2006.

Wellingborough and Rushden MP Peter Bone and Wellingborough Council leader Cllr Paul Bell met more than 50 campaigners in Isham to discuss plans for lobbying to get the Isham bypass built.

Mr Bone agreed to present a petition to Parliament before the summer recess.

The petition requests “the secretary of state for communities and local government, Wellingborough Council and Northamptonshire County Council work together to ensure the Isham A509 bypass is constructed imminently”.

It has already been distributed around the village and to road users in a bid to gather signatures.

Northamptonshire County Council gave planning consent in 2006, but the project stalled when the Government announced there were no funds available for it to go ahead.

The campaign received a boost last week after county council leader Jim Harker said he was optimistic the bypass could happen within the next four years.

Campaigner Hazel Rait said: “I’m more optimistic now than I have been for ages. We have Cllr Bell and Peter Bone on our side.

“It has been a very long campaign, but villagers are feeling more positive than ever that we will get a result.”