Creating new problems

PUBLISHED: 18:18 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 16:18 11 May 2010

With reference to the story on the front page of the Royston Crow, March 25, I find it disappointing that the apparent reaction from residents and councillors to heavy traffic disregarding the restrictions in place along Newmarket Road is to propose a byp

With reference to the story on the front page of the Royston Crow, March 25, I find it disappointing that the apparent reaction from residents and councillors to heavy traffic disregarding the restrictions in place along Newmarket Road is to propose a bypass - a drastic course of action that ignores a number of serious consequences.

A bypass would destroy local countryside and wildlife, it would divert people away from our town centre, on which much time and effort is currently being spent), and it would cost a vast sum of money that could certainly be better spent on projects that would ensure our roads were being used properly.

Ultimately, a bypass would only displace the problem - we'd still have heavy traffic with the resultant pollution and noise, only now we'd have built the capacity for even more to thunder past our town.

We should be trying to reduce road usage (and therefore demand for oil, carbon emissions etc.) overall, not create new ways to increase it. Why does the council think that the way to solve an existing problem is to create a new one?

Phil Oddy

Green Drift, Royston

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