Wye Ruin It?

Wye Ruin It?

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A few more pointers to help you with the Bypass Questionnaire - only 3 days left!

The Council Consultation on the Hereford Transport Package is an online Survey
Next Tuesday March 20th is the last day to respond.
Follow this link to answer:

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/consultations/article/10062/hereford_transport_package_htp_-_hereford_bypass_consultation

Paper formats are supposed to be available from Hereford library.

Minimal effort has been made to make this consultation known to residents outside Hereford, so people of Ross on Wye and Ledbury will not be aware that the bypasses and roads around them will be severely impacted by this road and this is their only chance to object to the proposal. If you know anyone from other parts of the county, please tell them about this now.

You can stop this preposterous proposal. Public opposition is escalating, now that some people are aware. This is the biggest threat to the Bypass.

Please get in touch with us if you want more advice on how to respond.

When you are finished, please take a moment to sign our petition and encourage as many people as possible to do the same. Time is running out for this to be completed.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/scrap-the-western-relief-road-hereford-bypass

Question 3. Which route would you prefer?

This was written to give a bias result and should be challenged under National Advertising Standards. You can write no for all bypass routes on the form, but the digital survey does not allow this. Instead we have written comments for question 6.

This is our response to question 6:

Question 6: Do you have any other comments about the current proposals?

This is a national issue that should be addressed at a national level. This consultation is totally inadequate.

Herefordshire has a population of over 189,000. So far, only 2,500 people have completed this form. It is a national issue to protect our environment and promote cost-effective sustainable infrastructure in our cities. A consultation which reaches less than 1.5% of a county’s population and 0.004% of the national population is totally inadequate. It is only because of the groups campaigning against this Bypass that we know about it.

The documents do not map or illustrate the severe impact of proposals on many aspects of the routes. For example the historic landscapes of Belmont House design by two famous architects in 1788. This house is grade two listed and is under threat of deterioration. It needs urgent attention to maintain a vital part of our history and heritage, which could be a very valuable tourist attraction in the future. It failed even to name historic buildings correctly such as Belmont House!

The maps should highlight issues such as these and it is misleading that these features do not even appear on them. They make it appear as if nothing will be lost or disturbed. The consultation documents and maps fail to highlight adverse effects to the grade one listed Belmont Abbey. This area of peaceful contemplation will be destroyed by the noise and pollution from adjacent traffic. 

This consultation failed to highlight the risk that the Abbey will relocate and many important community support functions and services will be lost.

This consultation omitted numerous ancient trees that are threatened with destruction both north and south of the Wye River Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest. It failed to identify the important protected habitat and species that reside in the ancient woodlands, River Wye Valley and our Heritage apple orchards. It failed to inform the public of the rich biodiversity that exists in the Wye Valley and failed to map the bat colonies, great crested newt populations, barn owl and peregrine nesting sites, known to residents and experts for generations. 

It failed to properly identify the true threat to Warham House, another historic landmark, and the adjacent public space held in the Queen Elizabeth II Fields-In-Trust, which has been put in trust to conserve the incredible trees, flora and fauna in this area. (http://www.fieldsintrust.org/Warham-House-Green-Bank).

It failed to properly inform people in towns such as Ledbury and Ross on Wye about how they will be affected by the traffic that will result from the Bypass, and even failed to let them know about the plans themselves or make the consultation available to them in good time. Ross and Ledbury.

It failed to identify and inform people about Hereford Community Farm and warn them of the potential loss of this amazing facility that we have to take care of some of our most vulnerable residents. The Cabinet member for Infrastructure stated in public that the bypass will proceed regardless of how many objections are received.

It fails to point out the proximity and importance of the landscapes painted by famous Hereford artist Brian Hatton that will be lost if the high level crossing is built. The maps failed to identify the importance of our city drinking water extraction point and the importance of our aquifers that are protected by law, all of which will be affected. 

It failed to point out that the loss of two major employers Cargill and Heineken is a major risk to City commerce if the houses and roads are developed.

It failed to point out the listed buildings and unique habitat around Three Elms that would be destroyed.

It failed to highlight the loss of landscape and tranquillity south of Burghill that would blight the Burghill St Marys hospital estate.

It failed to explain junctions, access points or traffic flows that would result from thousands of new houses. It failed to explain why motorway relief traffic is excluded from its traffic analysis. It failed to explain why the previous traffic analysis published showed an increase in travel time following new housing developments while the brochure shows 5-8 minute decrease.

It failed to identify the negative impact that this road will have on Breinton Springs and existing tourist attractions such as angling, walking and canoeing, as well as potential ones such as the historic buildings mentioned, and the devasting effect it will have on the area where most Herefordians come to walk, run, cycle and maintain good mental and physical health.

It failed to identify the prevailing winds that will bring pollution from traffic right into Hereford, making air quality worse rather than better.

It failed to highlight that most journeys will not be helped as they are people who travel into the city and schools rather than through it, and that the houses that will be built in conjunction with this road will, in fact, increase city traffic and pollution.

It failed to highlight the mental and physical ill-health problems that will result from the Bypass and consequent traffic and life habits that will be forced on us because we will be prevented from using legs and public transport.

It failed to highlight the actual cost to the people of this county, both in tax and in expenditure on the cars we will have to buy in order to get around.

IN SHORT THIS SURVEY AND THE CONSULTANTS FAILED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT TRAFFIC CONGESTION ISSUES, AFFORDABLE HOUSING ISSUES AND POLLUTION ISSUES THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED

IT FAILED TO ILLUSTRATE GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

IT FAILED TO EXPLAIN MODERN TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS

IT FAILED TO CONSIDER THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES ON EMPLOYMENT, HEALTH AND FINANCES OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS CITY AND COUNTY

IT FAILED TO CAPTURE THE PUBLIC IMAGINATION 

IT FAILED ON SO MANY LEVELS 

Patricia Ronan