Things you can do now to Stop the Bypass
Here are some ideas of what you might do to Stop the Bypass:
1. Respond to the consultation before 20th March 2018, and get as many others as possible to respond also.
Respond either online (https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/HTP ) or by post. Hard copies of questionnaires and free post envelopes are available in Hereford library or council offices.
2. Write to the Dept for Transport
Explain that the proposed bypass and the new housing at Three Elms that the road is supposed to “unlock” both risk the loss of over 3,000 jobs at Cargill and Heineken, as well as risking further jobs in the supply change. The letters from Cargill and Heineken solicitors to Herefordshire Council objecting to the Three Elms development confirm this in black and white. In addition, the cost of developers funding this new “bypass” means that any housing development at Three Elms will deliver NO affordable homes. The Church Commissioners agents Nathaniel Lichfield and partners made it clear in their letter to Herefordshire Council (8th Feb 2017), that if developers have to pay for a new road they cannot fund affordable homes at the same time. The Council have to decide on one or the other, they can’t have both affordable homes and a new road. (Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR)
3. Make a complaint to Herefordshire Council
Cllr Price at the full council meeting on Friday 9th March 2018, stated it didn’t matter how many people said “no” to Q2, which is the only opportunity for anyone to say that they do not want a bypass. He said he intends to deliver a bypass, regardless of how many objections there are! This means that this is not a genuine consultation.
Here is the video of Cllr Price declaring his intention to ignore public opinion on whether the bypass should go ahead and his shocking claims that the public has been adequately informed about the impact that the proposed bypass will have on the local area:
Cllr Price is openly breaching the code of conduct to which he has promised to adhere whilst in public office and should be held to account for this:
A Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest:-
A.1 Serve the public
A.2 Only take decisions in the public interest
A.3 Treat everyone that they deal with equally and with respect and courtesy
C Objectivity: Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias
C.1 Act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
You can Complain to the Monitoring Officer about his disregard for the public he is supposed to serve. The complaint form and details for submission are available on the council website here:
4 Complain to The Advertising Standards Authority
The Bypass Consultation Literature is misleading:
1. It offers a choice of yes or no to a bypass but this is not a real choice as Cllr Price has effectively said he will ignore any “no” choices..
2. The journey time savings on page 8 are misleading and there is no evidence available to support the claims made by Herefordshire Council. In fact, Balfour Beatty has confirmed that the Bypass and associated developments will increase city congestion.
Here is the link: https://www.asa.org.uk/make-a-complaint.html
We hope this information is helpful in challenging the misleading information being circulated about this “bypass” and that it does not go unchallenged.
If you require further information please get in touch and we will help as much as we can.
Wye Ruin It? Campaign Team