County Council Pursues Tadcaster Highways Improvements
7:36am 10th July 2013
North Yorkshire County Council is to examine funding options for a highways improvement scheme that could lead to major environmental benefits for the people of Tadcaster - and unlock commercial expansion and business prospects in the town and beyond.
The council had hoped to submit the scheme - for improvements to the slip roads for the A162 and A64 - to the North Yorkshire Local Transport Body (LTB) for consideration for funding from central Government. But concerns over the strict eligibility rules for the LTB, coupled with a declaration by a major local landowner that his company would oppose the improvements at every stage of the process, led members of the Council's Executive to decide not to proceed.
Instead, the Executive asked officers in the Business and Environmental Services directorate to assemble fresh data on the benefits of the scheme, for consideration if other funding partners or options can be identified.
"I was very excited when this project was first mooted," said County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, the divisional member for Tadcaster.
"There is a good deal of heavy goods vehicle traffic in the centre of Tadcaster, much of which would be alleviated by the provision of improvements to access to the A64 and A162, and this scheme has been an aspiration of people in Tadcaster for many years - particularly those living along Leeds Road, who have been badly affected by the heavy traffic. This seemed like a golden opportunity to move things forward, and we had been working closely with colleagues on Selby District Council to address those concerns.
"The improvements we proposed would result in major environmental benefits, and would also have the potential to unlock commercial and business expansion, particularly in the Sherburn-in-Elmet area.
"It is most disappointing that this one significant landowner has declared his intention to oppose the scheme, since any delay in obtaining the necessary consents would put the scheme beyond the window of opportunity for the current LTB funding."
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