Our newly launched “Build Our Bypass” campaign has this week been gaining positive feedback from Pendle businesses.
Last week we reported that we were backing new Lancashire County Council proposals that would finally see the M65 and Foulridge linked together around Colne by 2021.
If brought to fruition, the £40m. plans would see a new junction installed off the M65, between Junctions 13 and 14.
And while the proposals have so far sparked a mixed reaction, there are many companies who are keen to see the bypass given the go-ahead.
For Dennis Mendoros, owner and managing director of Kelbrook-based company Euravia a bypass would be a lifeline for the Pendle economy.
Although he would like to see the extension of the railway line too, he understands that it is not viable in the current economic climate.
The Pendle Vision Board Chairman said: “The benefit to Euravia is the least of my concerns, it’s the new links the bypass would create from East to West for Pendle that do no currently exist.
“Currently it is a cul-de-sac and this is a lifeline that is desperately needed for jobs, businesses and the economy in the future.”
Alun Hall, managing director at Earby-based company Wardle Storeys, agreed with this view.
Also backing our campaign, which hopes to alleviate traffic problems in North Valley Road and other Pendle streets, is Sainsbury’s and Boundary Mill.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “We of course welcome proposals to improve road safety and the quality of life for the people of Colne, and hope that improved traffic conditions will make it easier for our customers to shop with us.
“Major road schemes such as this need a comprehensive environmental assessment and public consultation, and we understand its early days for this scheme with a number of route options to be considered.
“It’s a matter for local people and their county council to determine the best option for the proposed bypass but we welcome this step forward.”
And a Boundary Mill spokesman added: “Boundary Mill supports the plans for the new bypass proposal as Boundary Mill are a destination shopping experience and therefore we are not overly concerned about loss of passing trade.”
A range of options have been put forward by Lancashire County Council, to allow residents to have their say on which route would be best for a bypass.
For more information and to join in with the consultation visit www.lancashire.gov.uk
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