Great news from the Department for Transport today when it was confirmed we had finally got the green light for the Eastern Transport Corridor.
There were times when I thought the road would never be built. Two years ago, almost to the day, we were told that our funding for the road had been lost. At the time we were in the midst of a protracted legal battle with one of the landowners of property which the road was due to cross who claimed he had planning permission to build a retail park on his site. The conflict cost us precious months. Infuriatingly, two days after the announcement was made that the money had been lost, we comprehensively won our case in the High Court.
The last two years have been spent pursuing the financing via regional funding. Town Hall officers have worked long, long hours as we built our bid, and sorted out the land purchases and complex traffic orders. Our local MP Alan Milburn played a key role too, lobbying for the road.
The start date for work - January 28 2007. Completion will be in 2009.