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Controversial road changes deferred

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 27, 2013

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PLANS to change a controversial road scheme in Leek have been deferred after two councils were slammed for their part in the changes.

Approval was sort by Sainsbury's to remove the condition to complete work at the St Edward Street and Church Street junction in Leek.

As part of the supermarket planning approval three years ago to redevelop the Churnet Works off Macclesfield Road, which involved constructing a large store, industrial premises and 84 housing units, conditions were made that the roundabout be removed in the centre of town and work completed at the Buxton Road and Ball Haye Street junction and the St Edward and Church Street junction.

Speaking to the planning committee, councillor Brian Johnson who was representing Leek Town Council, said: "You took at face value what the county highways engineers told you.

"You ladies and gentleman approved that scheme; that scheme, although only partially completed, has turned out to be a totally and unmitigated disaster to the town of Leek

"You approved two of the worst junction I have ever had the misfortune to have to drive through on a daily basis.

"What ever your decision now I must insist that the promised planning gain attached to this application for a pedestrian crossing in the vicinity if Market Place and St Edward's Church is not retained, but is constructed as a matter of urgency."

See next week's Leek Post for full story.

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