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Harlow Tories have a full and frank exchange with Essex over Junction 7a

Politics / Thu 7th Aug 2014 at 11:23am

Letter from the deputy leader of the Harlow Conservatives, cllr Joel Charles

Dear Editor,

LAST week, Councillor Sue Livings and I met County Councillor Rodney Bass, Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transporting, to discuss Junction 7A. We put forward the concerns of many Old Harlow residents about the preferred option which would connect the M11 Junction onto Gilden Way. Councillor Bass said that he understood residents’ concerns and would listen to local views during the consultation process.

The meeting was a robust exchange of ideas and Councillor Bass recognised the pressure 10,000 new homes would present the town if planning permission is given to the Gilston Park Estate proposal. Councillor Bass told me that he regularly discusses cross-county road issues with his Hertfordshire counterpart and would raise the Gilston Park Estate at a future meeting.

I also put forward my idea of a Highways Commission which would allow residents to put their views directly to him on Junction 7A and suggest alternative proposals. Councillor Bass agreed, in principle, to attend meetings in Old Harlow to listen to residents’ views and answer questions. When the dates are confirmed, Old Harlow Conservatives will make all necessary arrangements to ensure residents can have their say.

Nobody would disagree that we need better roads to ensure the right infrastructure is in place to deliver more housing and the Enterprise Zone which will create jobs and boost the local economy. I believe that the only way we can solve Harlow’s long-term road problems is by building a northern bypass that connects to the M11.

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