by jontwigge on 19 November, 2017
Like the community, the minority ruling Labour Cabinet are split on the road from the A6 to Bredbury.
Strong feelings and arguments on both sides were clear at a recent Cabinet meeting that was supposed to decide whether to proceed with applications for funding for a full business case for the road.
In simple terms the main arguments for and against the road are…
The decision of whether to proceed with applications for funding to complete a full business case has been passed to the full council meeting of 63 councillors from across all areas of Stockport. That decision will not decide the final fate of this road but a decision not to proceed would at least halt plans for a significant number of years.
“The need to relieve congestion in Hazel Grove is without any doubt a major concern – we are being suffocated by fumes and strangled by the volume of traffic. It is only going to get worse as thousands of new homes are built in Stockport and to our south.
“But, the environmental argument that we cannot simply keep building new roads and completely filling them with even more cars is unquestionable too.
“We should only build this road if we have all the evidence and we make absolutely sure that it will play a strategic role in a truly sustainable multi modal (including trains, buses, taxis, cycling and walking) transport infrastructure across the whole of Greater Manchester that moves far more toward public transport and a shared vehicle basis,” said Cllr Jon Twigge.