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“People’s rally” to oppose Western Link road


A “PEOPLE’S rally” has been arranged outside Warrington Town Hall for residents with concerns about the borough council’s local plan and local transport plan.
The peaceful demonstration is being organized by Communities United Against the Warrington Western Link to coincide with the next meeting of the full council on Monday, September 23.
Spokesperson Cindy Maguire said the rally would provide an opportunity for residents to demonstrate their “discontent” with the council’s vision for the town through the local plan and local transport plan.
She said: “Across the borough we will lose a significant amount of green space as a result of the plans.
“But the Warrington Western Link is not a done deal.
“ If you are concerned about Warrington Borough Council’s plans for our town we urge you to join the rally anytime between 6 and 9pm and bring with you your banners and voices as we show the council we do not support their poorly conceived and unnecessary plans”.
In July, the council’s cabinet approved an offer for the £212.7 million scheme to be placed in the Department for Transport’s “Large Local Major Schemes Programme”.
This meant work could begin on the pre-construction stage of the scheme, culminating in the submission of the final business case, which is required to secure full approval from the Department for Transport.
Gaining full approval will allow the scheme to be constructed, unlocking £142.5m in government funding – with the remaining £70.2m coming from the council.
At the time, council leader Russ Bowden, said the Western Link would be a vital part of Warrington’s ongoing growth and prosperity. It would tackle major congestion points, increase network resilience and route choice, and help maintain the borough’s strong economic performance.


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