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MP criticised over A57 Link Roads plans

Vehicles travelling on Mottram Moor.

High Peak's MP Robert Largan has been criticised by Glossopdale Labour Party over the A57 Link Roads plans. 

The branch has voiced their objections to the current plans, claiming they will do nothing to alleviate the problems and could make them worse. 

The group are putting forward a formal objection to the proposals, stating that they will not address traffic congestion and noise and air pollution in Tintwistle and the wider Glossopdale area. 

As part of the resolution, they agreed to highlight what they say is the failure of Robert Largan to support the residents of Glossopdale to achieve a proper solution to the problems of traffic congestion, noise, and air pollution. 

However, the MP has hit back at their claims.

He told the Chronicle: “Studies show that the Mottram Bypass and Glossop Spur will reduce congestion, improve air quality and reduce journey times.  

“It will make it much easier to get out of Glossop or Hadfield and onto the M67. It will also significantly reduce rat running through Gamesley and Charlesworth.” 

He said he is continuing to fight for funding for the second phase of the bypass, around Hollingworth and Tintwistle. 

“I’m also working with residents in Tintwistle on the campaign for a Village Gateway scheme to help with traffic calming through the village. 

“Thousands of local residents have signed my petition in support of the bypass, and I’ve been proud to work on a cross-party basis with Jonathan Reynolds MP. I’ll continue to do so, and I strongly encourage everyone to keep speaking up in support of the bypass!” said the MP.  

Hyde and Stalybridge MP Jonathan Reynolds commented: “I have been a supporter of the Bypass since I first moved to Hollingworth nearly 20 years ago. It has taken a lot to get it back on the agenda and to the stage it is at. I’ve always worked well with colleagues from High Peak to try and build a local consensus behind it. 

“I know the current scheme doesn’t give Hollingworth and Tintwistle everything they need, but there will be significant improvements and crucially rejecting this would mean local people would have to wait for even more decades to see anything happen. 

“We’re close to getting something we have needed for 60 years - let’s press on and get it done.”

Last year, Derbyshire County Council and High Peak Borough Council put forward a joint holding objection in response to Highway England’s consultation on the scheme. 

Councillor Anthony Mckeown, Leader of High Peak Borough Council, said: “The objection was due to the lack of supporting information made available by Highways England regarding the impacts of the scheme. 

“The scheme is now in the early stages of being considered by the Planning Inspectorate and interested parties as part of the examination process. 

“The Council is reviewing new information published by Highways England along with Derbyshire County Council with a view to submitting a joint representation to the Planning Inspectorate by 16 September.” 

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