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Lichfield villagers set to battle road plan

Streethay sign

Streethay sign

Villagers in Streethay have opened up a second front on their battle with housing developers in Lichfield.

The Streethay Against Development action group are already campaigned against plans to build more than 800 new houses in their village.

But with new plans for 5,000 homes in Curborough including a proposal to build a new road to connect with Burton Road which runs through the village, the group are on the campaign trail once more.

They’ve already contacted local residents with information about the proposal – which would see the new road link up with the mini island near the Trent Valley railway bridge.

And they have urged villagers to sign letters of objection to the scheme, which is already being battled by the Fradley Against Curborough Town group which successfully saw off the Eco-town which was earmarked for the same land.

In a letter to local residents, Streethay Against Development said:

“This will bring a tremendous number – probably thousands – of extra vehicles each day onto Burton Road, particularly at peak periods. It is ludicrous to think that Burton Road can absorb this increase. Even if you are tempted to think that it will not affect you, stop and think again as it most certainly will.

“The prospect of static traffic jams is not an exaggeration or myth, it is a real threat which we must combine to defeat.”

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  1. Roger Robinson

    28th July, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    This article does not really state where the road will run.

    Ok one end is in Streethay at that mini round about the other end is curborough ???

    Are they suggesting this should link up with Netherstowe Lane ?

    I tell you what would be a good idea in this area.

    Would be some access from Burton Old Road to the railway station.

    This would encourage more people to walk from boley park to the station instead of getting people to drop them off.

    To walk from the Round about on Cappers Lane/Austin Cote Lane to the station is currently 0.6 miles according to Google maps.

    These could easily be dropped to 0.2 miles I dont know why no one is campaigning for this change.

  2. Sammy J

    28th July, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    The Streethay Against Development group are campaigning against the link-up with the mini-island where the current railway works are situated. The road I believe would link the proposed new settlement with Burton Road.
    In terms of the Trent Valley campaign, if you search Michael Fabricant on the site or visit the Transport section, you’ll see this is one of his issues to make the station more accessible to disabled visitors.

  3. Roger Robinson

    28th July, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I understand where the road would finish ie the mini round but where would it go just to the settlement would it not come out else where ? Ie Wood end lane ? Netherstowe lane

    Or are you suggesting it would just go to the settlement no where else ? Obviously a settlement here would need more than one exit and I would agree with you on that. There needs to be an exit at Fradley and further down Eastern Avenue. Obviously there would also need to be an exit to streethay.

    What are you suggesting as an alternative ? Possibly a bridge over to vulcan road ?

    Also its not really clear what you are protesting against ?
    If you are protesting against the settlement full stop or is that is a different matter ?
    Im getting confused as to why you dont want this road ?

    I understand that really Capper’s Lane should have an on/off in both directions for the A38 but you dont mention any of this.

    The problem is the Burton Road ie the A5127 is currently a major access route to the A38 and therefore if the population of area increase so will the traffic on this road unless alternatives are provided.

  4. Sammy J

    28th July, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I can’t really answer about the protest or the alternatives – perhaps one of the group members will answer some of the questions as a few of them read the site.

  5. Streethay Swampy

    31st July, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Roger Robinson, I agree entirely regarding Cappers Lane, on and off ramps to the A38 would be great, direct access to the Eastern By Pass for all traffic heading North (Rugeley/Stafford/Ashbourne) I’m sure this has been discussed may years ago but perhaps someone from the Highways Agency may read this and think…. Yes, what a good idea and start the ball rolling

  6. Streethay Swampy

    31st July, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Opps… forgot about those from the North of Lichfield heading towards Birmingham or the A5. This would reduce the traffic going through the bottle neck known as the Town Centre

  7. Roger Manning

    31st July, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    The application for the development of 5000 houses at Curborough/Fradley includes a secondary road which would extend from Curborough through the agricultural land in the direction of the west coast railway line and then snake along the side of the railway line and old buffer depot to emerge on to Burton Road at the mini island on the Streethay side of Trent Valley railway bridge,

    The existing traffic along the A5127 Burton Road at peak periods is excessive, both in quantity and speed. To bring additional peak-time traffic onto the mini island, no doubt amounting to many hundreds of extra vehicles, would bring chaos to the area, both in traffic and pedestrian terms. This would add to the considerable traffic increase that is expected to come from the approved development of the buffer depot for housing. How could this increase be absorbed into the existing road system. What about pedestrians?!!

    The current excessive speed and volume of traffic in the Burton Road is dangerous to pedestrians who have to cope with one footpath, which is often overgrown. There is little that can be done to improve this.

    Our M.P. has campaigned for improvements at Trent Valley railway station for years. The Station is inadequate but development is not an easy option. The main bridge on the A5127 would require widening, land in Burton Old Road needs to be acquired for parking and an additional access point. This would amount to a phenomenal cost! If the land in Burton Old Road designated for warehousing was changed to housing, maybe some of these changes would be feasible.

    The north/south A38 access problem has been with us since the A38 by-pass was constructed. It should always have had a dual access/exit at Cappers Lane but that was too costly. That applies now. It is all part of poor planning which some notable public office holders wish to perpetuate.

    It is a simple fact that the speculative 5000 home development is not needed for indigenous growth over the next 20-odd years. It is purely a commercial project that will add to the deterioration and inevitable demise of ancient Lichfield and its enviable surrounds.

    Although this proposed development is not included in the Local Development Framework, Lichfield DC is in a planning pickle. It is following a building programme that some of its members in the Regional Assembly have accepted and are now ready to introduce locally and change the face of Lichfield.

    The core problems are the lack of ‘joined up thinking’ and an understanding of what Lichfield and its surrounds represent – antiquity, architecture, elegance and some exceptional views/scenery.

    The time to stop, take stock and plan for the future is now. Let us forcefully persuade those who have helped to get us into this mess to think again.

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