To: Herefordshire Council

Scrap the Western Relief Road/Hereford Bypass

Scrap the Western Relief Road/Hereford Bypass

Hereford urgently needs better buses, better support for cycling and walking, 20mph speed limits, and safe routes to school. You intend to delay these much-needed improvements until the Hereford Bypass is built in 2025.

Traffic congestion and air pollution in Hereford is a problem NOW. It will get worse as more houses are built. A £200m bypass, which you acknowledge will 'not on its own reduce congestion,' is not the answer. We need lower cost, proven solutions now, not in 7 years time.

Please scrap plans to develop the Hereford Bypass before any sustainable measures have been tried.

Why is this important?

This is the follow on from the Southern Link Road, which was always a stealth precursor to the bypass plans. We will be updating this with more info in the coming days, meanwhile tell all your friends and relatives to get on board with this new campaign specially if your property is affected.

Highways England have said "under current guidance the building of new road infrastructure could only be justified in policy terms when other avenues such as travel planning and sustainable travel modes had been developed and shown not to address the transport needs and issues identified" (2014).

Following public consultation in 2017, Herefordshire Council acknowledged that "improving pedestrian and cycling routes were a priority" for respondents, and that "more reliable and quicker bus journeys were among the top five improvements that should be made a priority in Hereford".

One may legitimately ask why they are not acting on this feedback. They obviously have a different agenda that doesn't fit with the electorate's views.

We have been aware of the presence of way too many traffic light controls which rather than facilitating smooth transit around the city, are badly timed to seemingly snarl the city traffic on a daily basis ... 18 sets of lights on one junction being the perfect illustration of our point, and if you're a pedestrian you need to be amazingly nimble ... not a city for the weak and slow.

We also doubt there is anyone out there who believes this next item was a right way to behave ... Apologies don't cut it when people's homes and lives are at stake. PEOPLE living on the proposed routes of Hereford’s new bypass were not given notice that their houses could be demolished.

Many of the residents living on Kings Acre Road only discovered their homes were in the firing line of the western bypass when they saw reports in the Hereford Times or were told by neighbours.
http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/15998820.Hereford_residents_left_in_the_dark_about_proposed_bypass_through_their_street/

Hereford

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Reasons for signing

  • Save the countryside.
  • We've needed an answer to the traffic crysis in hereford since I was a child, but building a road through a built up, residential area of Hereford that already has some of the worst traffic - and calling it a 'bypass' - is an astonishing farce.
  • Why are we building more expensive roads when we cannot maintain the ones we have? We need a total rethink on transport.. Get people out of cars, walking, onto bikes, buses, trams ,trains.. It is an excuse to build more houses , without the necessary infrastructure ie schools, docs etc , to bring in more shoppers to the failing town centre. TOTAL RE-THINK NEEDED!

Updates

2018-07-29 23:05:45 +0100

Here for those with the stomach or forensic interest is the complete Questions From the Public session.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qGeMgHIZnQ

2018-07-29 21:17:12 +0100

A mass cycle ride through the city, followed by a rendevous with other people on foot drew a growing groundswell of support, with a staged "die-in" to add drama to the occasion.
https://youtu.be/mJD_qyudWQ8

2018-07-29 19:51:27 +0100

Residents of Kings Acre Road have been adorning the avenue of limes with red ribbons in protest against the RED ROUTE for a "bypass". Five homes will be destroyed, and parts of the gardens of at least four more will be taken, leaving them living right on top of a big roundabout junction.

According to plans published in recent Herefordshire Council Agenda papers, the Bay Horse pub will lose part of its car park to the roundabout. How can it possibly remain a viable business?

Remember everyone living in this area or passing through will have to put up with months/years of very noisy, dusty construction work with reduced access and diversions.

At the same time we expect 1200 homes to be built on the adjacent Three Elms site, with more construction traffic coming and going there, and more junctions to be built on Kings Acre Road. This is too much disruption all at once, especially for local elderly or sick people.
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2018-07-29 19:43:30 +0100

We went with a Free Radio reporter to the Bay Horse to meet with some very unhappy residents, and to emphasise the Council cabinet's behaviour toward people affected by both stages of the stealth bypass, we met also with a victim of the SLR. Remarkably consistent on both roads. Totally lacking humanity or any kind of manners or consideration.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyJDMUBycCE

2018-07-29 19:37:41 +0100

Things are moving along with an unholy rush from the cabinet of this council. Can you smell the fear? People are waking up and realising just how much mayhem this scheme will cause.
Following on the from the choice of route we have had the travesty of pre-scrutiny which didn't scrutinise very much because opposition councillors effectively had their hands tied behind their backs ... If it wasn't so serious this would almost be worthy of a Brian Rix farce. Democracy is long since dead. We looked forward to written answers, maybe ..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW_4lYqrrMw

2018-07-11 18:22:39 +0100

We've reached another crunch time with the Council cabinet playing dirty, well that is a surprise. We knew the 7 proposed routes would be narrowed to two, or possibly one as has happened, but the manner of presentation was less than satisfactory.
Letters delivered to residents potentially about to lose their homes, just three hours before details of the chosen route for the bypass being published, with no personal contact or visit. A blatantly unholy rush also to push this scheme through without the proper procedures. Over 1800 pages to be examined with only a little over a day to examine and raise questions by 5pm on Thursday.
Scrutiny are hardly likely to have time either to decide rightly whether this should be passed before their meeting next week.
A good turn out of residents the following morning to meet with Nicola Goodwin from BBC Hereford & Worcester, and express their feelings at the way they have been treated.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qr4eGLRBTM

2018-05-24 17:53:11 +0100

In this episode an unusual aspect of poor traffic management is exposed, empty shops symbolise what Phil Rickman eloquently described as a 'venerable oak dying from the inside.' A look at the seats of power as they appear but we know the culture of secrecy that enables decisions behind closed doors.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrbzoULeIxc

2018-05-24 17:50:47 +0100

Another campaign group say we need sustainable measures now (whether a bypass is eventually built or not) as the pollution from engines running at lights is too high and if you are a pedestrian or cyclist you are seriously handicapped if arriving at our railway station. This is their video on what you find as a visitor to Hereford arriving by rail.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50GCqnkdZuw

2018-05-24 17:43:06 +0100

After looking at the light timing in December we returned in April to see if things have improved and given that this was in school holiday time, conclude that if Balfour Beatty can't get this right, why would we trust them with a bypass through new building estates with even more junctions. One of youtube's suggested tags below was 'flying pigs.' Seems apt to us. You need wings to cross the road as a pedestrian.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AlS-Koakg0

2018-05-24 17:33:44 +0100

Got your bicycle clips ready?
Folks are signing up for our first event this Friday, 25th May - departing Hereford railway station at 10.00am for a short ride through the city and back to Shire Hall by 10.20am.

Come and join us and be part of this growing movement for progress. We must stop these roads before the Council turns Hereford into a failed city.

If you would like to do your bit but don't want to cycle, you can join our foot team to hand out leaflets and speak to the public. PM us at our facebook page.

2018-04-19 13:43:30 +0100

So, we've been a little quiet on here, but it doesn't mean we are idly twiddling fingers, or that you should give up while thinking we have. The battle to save our county is still rumbling on.
What can you do alongside getting everyone you know to wake up and sign this if they haven't already? Petitions seldom achieve their aim without other things going on alongside it.
Don't forget, for instance, that you can also write directly to make your representations:
Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR
and explain in polite terms the reasons you think this road should not be built.

2018-03-18 16:38:10 +0000

Ironic that Herefordshire Council want to destroy the landscape of Belmont House designed by Humphrey Repton (1752-1818), by pushing a "BYPASS" through the middle, and yet they are already advertising an exhibition to celebrate his work starting in October!
https://www.facebook.com/1641955076069089/photos/a.1649577801973483.1073741834.1641955076069089/2031760633755196

2018-03-17 16:09:40 +0000

You can also complain to The Advertising Standards Authority
The consultation literature is misleading.:-
1. It offers a choice of yes or no to a bypass but this is not a real choice as Cllr Price has effectively said he will ignore any “no” choices.

2. The journey time savings on page 8 are misleading and there is no evidence available to support the claims made by Herefordshire Council.
https://www.asa.org.uk/make-a-complaint.html

2018-03-17 16:06:27 +0000

More things you can do:
Write to the Dept for Transport

Explain that the proposed bypass and the new housing at The Elms the road is supposed to “unlock,” both risk the loss of over 3,000 jobs at Cargill and Heineken, as well as risking further jobs in the supply change. The letters from Cargill and Heineken solicitors to Herefordshire Council objecting to the Three Elms development confirm this in black and white. In addition, the cost of developers funding this new “bypass” means that any housing development at Three Elms will deliver NO affordable homes. The Church Commissioners agents Nathaniel Lichfield and partners made it clear in their letter to Herefordshire Council (8th Feb 2017), that if developers have to pay for a new road they cannot fund affordable homes at the same time. The Council have to decide on one or the other, they can’t have both affordable homes and a new road.
(Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR)

2018-03-17 16:04:59 +0000

Some things you can do:
1. Respond to the consultation before 20th March 2018.
Respond either online (https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/HTP ) or by post. Hard copies of questionnaires and free post envelopes are available in Hereford library or council offices.

2018-03-16 23:40:47 +0000

You may well be saying "I've signed the petition, what else can I do?"
The consultation forms are available at the Central Library along with their exhibition so be sure to fill in the consultation and beware the tripwire we have already pointed out (and will continue to do so) on Questions 2 & 3. Particularly the latter.
2 is simple tick NO.
3 is designed to mislead you into offering them the choice of routes so in the box below (as illustrated here) be sure to say you want NO ROAD. Consultation ends 20th March. Be sure to fill that in too.
https://www.facebook.com/1641955076069089/photos/a.1649577801973483.1073741834.1641955076069089/2020463004884959/

2018-03-16 21:01:11 +0000

Councillor Price revealed his idea of democracy in his answer to the first public question at last Friday's Full Council ....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCO_kkd7CAo

2018-03-16 20:52:51 +0000

The County Council is pursuing a flawed Core Strategy against Government Guidelines, and against the wishes of its key employers on the West of the City to build large housing estates on AQUIFERS and flood plains against the wishes of its constituents using its Cabinet structure to bulldoze through outdated policies.

2018-03-16 20:46:09 +0000

LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT 2016/17
In our earlier post (5 March 2018) we thought the delays to the publication of this Report were suspicious. We had been told its publication was held up by delays to website design (a strange excuse) and now we have been told that it will not be published. The Local Transport Plan (2016-31) obliges the Council to tackle climate change, reduce car use, carbon emissions, noise levels and accident rates, and to increase public health benefits from walking and cycling. Does the Report show the Council is missing its targets?
Here is the link to the Council’s re-worded Decision Status - note the word ‘Abandoned’ in bold red type.
https://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=50025072&Opt=0

2018-02-25 21:23:47 +0000

You may well be saying "I've signed the petition, what else can I do?"
The consultation forms are available at the Central Library along with their exhibition so be sure to fill in the consultation and beware the tripwire we have already pointed out (and will continue to do so) on Questions 2 & 3. Particularly the latter.
2 is simple tick NO.
3 is designed to mislead you into offering them the choice of routes so in the box below (as illustrated here) be sure to say you want NO ROAD,

We will also be in High Town on Wednesday (28th February) so come and find out more on how you can help.
https://www.facebook.com/1641955076069089/photos/a.1649577801973483.1073741834.1641955076069089/2020463004884959/

2018-02-25 11:08:56 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2018-02-23 20:45:50 +0000

At the same meeting, businesses leaders from Rotherwas, (Hereford's Enterprise Zone) challenged Councillor Price’s assertion that Rotherwas businesses supported a bypass to the west of Hereford. They explained that they supplied Birmingham, the Midlands and areas to the east of Hereford and so they would not be using the new bypass as it went the wrong way."
http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/16043295.Emotions_high_at_packed_public_meeting_about_western_bypass/

2018-02-23 20:43:45 +0000

The Council cabinet and local MP Bill Wiggin's claims that the bypass will reduce traffic and improve journey times & increase business were challenged. The representative from Balfour Beatty was asked - 'Taking the main proposals together - that is the bypass, the 6,500 new houses, and economic growth, what is the effect on the volume of traffic [on Whitecross Road].' "He said, 'It goes up.'" Due to the number of new homes proposed at Three Elms, the traffic into the city will more than outweigh the reduction in traffic using the bypass.

The consultation documents clearly imply that the bypass will reduce traffic and improve air quality, but the answer from Balfour Beatty suggests it will make it worse.
http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/16043295.Emotions_high_at_packed_public_meeting_about_western_bypass/

2018-02-23 17:18:08 +0000

On bypass routes around Hereford, you will see more and more coloured ribbons and NO BYPASS signs.
These trees are at Warham just where the Olive and Black 1 routes would cross the River Wye on a high level viaduct bridge. They are a London Plane and a Turkey Oak and they are very special because they feature in a painting (The Lawns, Warham) by internationally acclaimed artist Brian Hatton. Brian Hatton lived at Broomy HIll before his untimely death in WWII, and this scene he painted has not changed since long before the date of the painting, 1908.
A bypass would destroy this important heritage legacy forever.
https://www.facebook.com/wyeruinit/posts/286780978518637

2018-02-23 17:14:10 +0000

We have been joined in this campaign by The Woodland Trust ...
Woodland Trust representatives met with supporters and members of the press, following a meeting with Herefordshire Council to express concerns about their plans to build an ill thought out and largely unwanted bypass.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2vt9zgPmLQ

2018-02-22 11:12:47 +0000

500 signatures reached

2018-02-22 00:44:15 +0000

For those with a more forensic interest in the behaviour of Herefordshire Council, this recent meeting will provide an insight into the cabinet's behaviour.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdoobtmN-Hc

2018-02-21 19:52:05 +0000

https://www.facebook.com/herefordtimes/posts/2100027756675825

2018-02-21 19:49:11 +0000

Doubt there is anyone out there who believes this was a right way to behave ... Apologies don't cut it when people's homes and lives are at stake. PEOPLE living on the proposed routes of Hereford’s new bypass were not given notice that their houses could be demolished.

Many of the residents living on Kings Acre Road only discovered their homes were in the firing line of the western bypass when they saw reports in the Hereford Times or were told by neighbours.
http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/15998820.Hereford_residents_left_in_the_dark_about_proposed_bypass_through_their_street/

2018-02-21 13:04:55 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-02-21 11:08:21 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-02-21 09:12:39 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-02-21 07:10:53 +0000

10 signatures reached

2018-02-20 22:09:25 +0000

There will doubtless be many more updates but here is an older one for those of you new to the campaign (we have been fighting the stealth version of this road for years and here is where John Stewart from the Campaign For Better Transport visited and inspired us to try and draw a line in the sand on tired old policies proven to fail).
Hereford Transport Forum, raised the profile of objections to Southern Link Road - Road to Nowhere, with an address by nationally renowned campaigner for better transport John Stewart. Recorded at The Shirehall in Hereford on Weds 24th June 2015. John Stewart proposed we MAKE A NATIONAL ‘LINE IN THE SAND.'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytN62kC2zJE