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Grounds for Objection - Impact on road safety

The application submitted by RWE npower says:

"Existing Minor Road

12.6.5 The un-named road leading from the village of Bythorn to the B660 will serve as the main access route to/from the development site. The un-named road is a single carriageway of good standard with soft verges and subject to a derestricted speed limit.

12.6.6 The road is of a rural nature and whilst traffic data is not available, anecdotal evidence suggests that the route is lightly trafficked and used mainly by local residents."

- Molesworth Windfarm Environmental Statement Vol 1 Main Text, page 336 (page 348 of the pdf file).

The road connecting Bythorn to Molesworth and Brington is the B663 as signposted from the A14 and is regarded as sufficiently important for HDC to grit it in winter.

The proposed access route for construction is clearly unsuitable. The application makes it clear that construction traffic will access the site via the B663 from the Brington bridge (A14 junc 16). This road is heavily used by local traffic and is unsuitable for the weight and volume of traffic envisaged - between 40 and 168 vehicle movements a day during a 12 month period.

Leaving aside the fact that it may not be possible to get turbine parts under the A1 flyover at Brampton Hut or round the twists of the Brington bridge and the turns onto the B663, the B663 itself is unsuitable for such a volume of heavy traffic. If this route is allowed, then it MUST be a condition that the B663 is reinstated (subsidence and surface damage repaired) at the end of the construction phase.

This is a busy route used by cars, vans and lorries for access to and from the villages in an easterly direction. Many of us also use it to join the A14 westwards, preferring the Brington bridge to the dangerous staggered junction (15) at the top of Toll Bar Hill.

The B663 is also used by walkers, dog-walkers, horse-riders and cyclists as well as the Brington and Huntingdon school buses. It is UNACCEPTABLE that these should have to encounter a stream of construction lorries for such an extended period and to allow it will seriously compromise road safety.

If the application is allowed, however, it would be better to insist on a separate construction access road to be built adjacent to the Toll Bar Hill junction (15) with the A14 (and not taken as a spur from the existing road). As this will make an already dangerous junction even more lethal, it MUST be a condition of planning consent that a bridge and grade-separated junction are built by the developers here.

The original scoping plan included a separate construction access road as outlined and the revision to use what will be the maintenance access for construction traffic has the hallmarks of a cost-saving initiative.

Highways Agency policy on wind farms can be found here: http://www.highways.gov.uk/aboutus/documents/CRS_558501_WindFarmGoodPracticeGuide.pdf

18 November 2017
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