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19th Aug, 2022

Proposals to explore link road option and other ideas ahead of budget

A PROPOSAL has been put forward to explore the possibility of a new link road to and from Stratford Leisure Centre which cuts out the gyratory system.

Liberal Democrats have drawn up a raft of ideas ahead of Stratford District Council setting its budget on Monday (February 25).

They have put forward its alternative to the ruling Conservatives’ budget, and easing congestion on the traffic-choked gyratory is among them.

They are suggesting £20,000 be spent on a traffic study to assess the possible benefits of a new access/exit road to the leisure centre car park from Warwick Road. It would mean drivers heading towards Warwick and the M40 would not have to use the ring road.

Other environmental driven proposals include water fountains across the district in a bid to cut the use of single-use plastic water bottles, and a further ten electric vehicle charging points in the district – to add to the four existing points located at Bridgefoot Car Park and Church Street Car Park.

There is also a suggestion to look at the possibility of the council financially encouraging landlords of empty shops across the district to make them available to local voluntary and community groups.

The Lib Dems also make a proposal for repairs to be carried out to the Windsor Street multi storey car park – which currently falls within the Gateway redevelopment scheme. They are also calling for a review of the Gateway scheme.

They also want a report on the derelict land – previously understood to have been used as a rubbish tip – between the leisure centre and Fisherman’s Car Park.

And they have also suggested investigating the possibility of following the lead of other local authorities which use ‘clawback arrangements’ on planning applications where the 35 per cent affordable housing target cannot be met, to allow the remaining affordable homes to be built at another site.


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