All  about  WC's  would-be  Westbury  Wilts  A350  Bypass    
  ...  with  a  route  on  the  wrong  side  of  the  town,  in  the  wrong  area  

... who would want a new highway through the loveliest countryside ...? ... many would lose by it ... ... few would gain ...

Front Page
BS Floats in WC
Big Society: BS
Rotten to Core
Green Valley
Wrong Way
Spiralling Cost
Business Case
No to Funding
Barmy Bypass Bad for BA13
Pollution Risk
Threat to Best of Countryside
Walk the Route
Land Owners
Dim on Wildlife
Cement Works
Choked Town
Ignored Report
West Solutions for Westbury
Our Railway
Freightway
Forty Acres
Flop at Inquiry
Further Links
Web-site...?

Wiltshire (County) Council had become heavily focussed on an eastern bypass.
WC's consultant partners echoed the perceived way to go.   Viable alternatives (of lower comparable actual cost) and other priorities had been played down.

W(C)C has now wasted around 5 million pounds on its eastern bypass project.

Inappropriate pressure had been put on the public by an eastern bypass being presented as a foregone conclusion (with our tax cash now gone on its design), any objection to which would leave Westbury without any traffic improvement.

The A350 villages of Yarnbrook and West Ashton, which have awful congestion and long tailbacks at their cross-roads, are now being left with these problems, because county funding went into a dud bypass scheme to make things worse.

Despite it so obviously being in the wrong place, environmentally disastrous, contrary to UK national policy and overwhelmingly unpopular, a few want to have a new road driven through an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The fact is that new houses are often built on the land next to new highways.

Some say that it is necessary that local road schemes are done hand-in-hand with property developers.   It is said that this is to overall advantage.   Maybe, except where the best green landscape is built over and the new road is not in the most useful place.   Anyway, this possibility should be there for all to see.

UK Planning Regulations do not allow individuals or companies to put up homes regardless of anyone else or the impact on the country or wherever they wish.

Because of this, house-building land is much more valuable than open land.

Planning policy is set by the councils.   Land is designated for housing, farming, or as areas of outstanding beauty and special landscapes for all of us to enjoy.

A new road can often be the catalyst for a change of planning designation.

 To make redundant land available for new housing is a reasonable objective.  New homes have to be somewhere.    But it is not right that the loveliest land, which should be for the enjoyment of everyone, is misused for narrow reasons.

> > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >

W(C)C's eastern bypass would have barged through the area of this old scene.
It would have crossed the road under the White Horse (pictured) on a flyover.
On top of the 6m high embanked flyover, a 7m high bat gantry was proposed.
W(C)C also intended a 10m height elevated bridge over the nearby railway.
Don't let them fool you that this eastern bypass would not have been seen.


next page >>