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Traffic fears spur on Peter to seek votes

Evesham Editorial 16th Apr, 2015 Updated: 11 hours ago

FEARS a new housing estate will create traffic gridlock in Pershore have encouraged one local resident to stand for election.

Peter Brookbank will represent Labour in the Wychavon District Council elections for Pershore on May 7 and has already been elected unopposed in the uncontested Pershore Town Council elections.

While not against the new homes, Mr Brookbank is frustrated at the ‘inadequate’ road system in the area.

The 86-home development in Station Road will leave roads ‘completely swamped’ because planners did not demand a corridor

of space through the houses for a future relief road, according to Mr Brookbank.

The controversial proposals, which faced opposition from some councillors, were approved by Wychavon District Council on

March 5.

“We are not against building new homes.” he said.

“They will bring vitality and additional prosperity to our delightful town.

“But it cannot be done on the back of an inadequate road system that dates back to the 1930s – infrastructure must be put in place.” Mr Brookbank added.

His bid for election has won support from Labour’s West Worcestershire candidate Daniel Walton who said: “Speaking to local people, I am taken aback by the way they feel abandoned and ignored by their own local councillors.

“People are not against new homes but they are acutely worried that local roads, already grid-locked at peak time, will be completely swamped.

“A relief road has long been spoken of but councillors say this cannot be considered.”

In a letter to the Observer, former councillor David Brotheridge said he was not against any proposals that would relieve traffic congestion on Station Road.

“Worcestershire County Council has no plans for at least the next 30 years to build a relief road at the southern end of Station Road.

“The grant of detailed planning permission for Persimmon Homes, which had already received outline planning permission some 10 months earlier, does not preclude the building of a relief road in the future.

“There remains scope both within the Persimmon development and outwith the site to propose a relief road if such a scheme was required at some future date

However, the concept of such a scheme can only be viewed as hypothetical for the foreseeable future.” he added.