The Blackwater Valley Action Group
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Braintree & Witham Times

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

7th April 2005

Coggeshall: People unite against A120 plan

Residents in Coggeshall are united in their opposition to the proposed route of a new A120.

Nearly 200 people met at Honywood School to discuss the plan and voted almost unanimously to reject the proposal by the Highways Agency to drive the new A120 between Coggeshall and Feering.

They also objected to the Highways Agency only putting forward one route and wanted other proposals properly evaluated, including Essex County Council's preference for the road to run between Witham and Kelvedon as proposed by Essex county councillor and Braintree district councillor Nigel Edey.

Mr Edey (Con, Coggeshall and North Feering) said the county council would not support the Blackwater Valley route.

He said Rodney Bass, county cabinet member for transport, wants all the district councils and the county council to speak with one voice.

Rejection piles up

RESIDENTS in Coggeshall have met and opposed the proposed route of a new A120.

Nearly 200 people met at Honywood School to discuss the plan on Monday night and voted almost unanimously to reject the proposal by the Highways Agency to drive the A120 between Coggeshall and Feering.

They also objected to the Highways Agency only putting forward the one route and wanted other proposals properly evaluated, including Essex County Council's preference for the road m between Witham and Kelvedon as proposed by Essex and Braintree councillor Nigel Edey.

Mr Edey, (Con, Coggeshall and North Feering) said the County Council will not support the Blackwater Valley route.

He said Rodney Bass, county cabinet member for transport, wants all the district councils and the county council to speak with one voice.

Mr Edey said: "We want the Highways Agency to study these other routes as there is a clear opposition to this current proposed route."

A delegation from Cressing also attended and were welcomed for their contribution and support for the positions taken at the meeting.

Alan Perry from Cressing said: "The Highways Agency route would devastate Cressing village with flyovers."

Braintree MP Alan Hurst also attended and rejected the Highways Agency route. He said: "I have discussed the matter with the Minister 18 months ago and he showed me 13 routes.

"This is now down to one." He urged people to write in their hundreds and thousands to get the agency to stop the proposed route through the Blackwater Valley.

Roger Hadlee of the historic Coggeshall Abbey on the River Blackwater, said plans were being made for a walk along the river on May bank holiday, Monday, May 2.

He said: "Getting people to see it and walk along it will make them all the more keen to save the Blackwater from the A120."

Our public meeting in Coggeshall produced a near-unanimous rejection of the route from the 200 residents who attended. Our public meeting in Coggeshall produced a near-unanimous rejection of the route from the 200 residents who attended.