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Anti-Road Campaign Gathers Pace

Another group of Coventry residents has been mobilised to fight a road-widening scheme, and the city council has been forced to extend the deadline for comments.

More than 150 neighbours living in Allesley Old Road have agreed to join a campaign against plans to demolish Stanley Terrace at the junction with their street and Hearsall Lane.

Coventry City Council traffic officers want to knock down the historic buildings to make way for a new bus scheme heading into the city from Tile Hill.

Residents are angry at the plans, which have not yet been approved by councillors, as they believe Stanley Terrace should be refurbished.

They are also calling for the bus showcase scheme to be included in a wider debate about traffic in the area.

The Coventry Development Plan, the official guide to long-term policy in the city, says that Allesley Old Road should be used as the major route into the city from the south instead of Holyhead Road.

Consultation on the showcase scheme was due to end this week, but has been extended after a councillor pointed out that traffic officers were not giving at least three weeks.

Cllr Dave Nellist (Socialist, St Michael’s) said:

"When the papers for these plans came before the city council's Ratification Committee I objected that there was no defined period for the consultation process.

"Council officers assured me at that meeting that there would be a minimum period of three weeks. Issuing leaflets on 19 March for return on 30 March is clearly not three weeks."

A council spokesperson said:

“We are asking that local residents respond to the 'Street News' that was delivered to their door as soon as possible.

“We do normally find, that if we do not receive feedback from the newsletter within a couple of weeks after it's delivery, then we do not receive the 'Freepost Replies' at all.”

But with petitions being circulated, and nine groups of residents all opposing the scheme, the deadline has been extended until the end of April.

The plans have gone on show at the Koco Building at the Arches in Spon End today from 10am to 8pm, and will be there until Thursday. Officers will be on hand to answer questions today and Thursday.


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