Regular contributor Terry Rumble of Sewards End recently wrote in the Walden Local (page 7) about infrastructure, roads and John Lodge’s recent freedom-of-information request to gain access to the top secret traffic assessment being held by UDC. He says:
It is to be hoped that John Lodge’s enquiry into the planning situation comes to fruition and we are enlightened as to what exactly is going on with a seemingly detailed plan being pushed forward in the face of almost total, and very realistic, opposition from local people. There are many associated aspects of this plan which have not even been considered but the primary question is one of cost and who is going to pay.
A relief road would be a possibility but this would cost a vast sum to be joined by all the other infrastructure costs. If we are to have these developments trust upon us then logically it should be to the west of the town so as to at least reduce the congestion problems. At the moment the land owners will make a proﬁt as will the developers who will shove in as many properties to the acre as they possibly can, leaving someone else to pick up the very substantial associated costs.
This whole episode is very highly unsatisfactory and has not been thought out for all of the consequences which seemed to be based upon the idea that the local area will muddle through. Simply not good enough.