Today a 6 week consultation started into 2 options to solve the A417 Missing Link at the Air Balloon.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Leader of the County Council Liberal Democrats (Bourton & Northleach), represents part of the A417 and attended the launch of the Missing Link options consultation at the Star College:
“After years of campaigning it was a sweet moment to see real options on the table at last to fix the gridlock, pollution and accident record at the Air Balloon.
“The Liberal Democrats in Gloucestershire are totally committed to solving this decades old issue and to get us all moving again at the blackspot. It impacts on all parts of our county. Both of the options being presented are do-able and I’m now going to speak to residents and parish councils about their views. It’s important to note that the consultation states that construction will not start until mid 2021 – we will do our bit to ensure the Government doesn’t let this slip.”
Max Wilkinson, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Cheltenham, said:
“The fact we’ve finally got as far as consultation is really good news for Cheltenham - this project is important for our local economy which is why the Liberal Democrats supported it and secured funding when we were in government.
“I’m also pleased the authorities have followed my call for a public event for Cheltenham people and I’d urge everyone to go along and have a say.
“But, while there’s much to welcome, it’s pretty rubbish that the Tories have tried to bury the bad news of yet another delay to the start date and it’s also a shame that some options have already been discounted before consultation.”