HC Deb 16 February 1955 vol 537 cc361-2
4. Mr. R. Harris

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he has considered representations from the Heston and Isleworth Borough Council regarding the proposed South Wales Radial Road to the effect that steps should be taken to protect the interests of owners of property likely to be affected; and what action he proposes to take to meet this request.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Representations were received in my Department and have been referred to my right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government for consideration in connection with the Middlesex Development Plan, which is now before him. Before the line of this road can be fixed, I shall have to publish a draft scheme under the Special Roads Act, 1949, and the statutory procedure provides for the lodging of objections.

Mr. Harris

Is it possible for the Minister to say when such a scheme is likely to be published? Would he bear in mind that the present uncertainty about the future of this road, which may take anything up to 20 years to build, is having an adverse effect on the value of property?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I can appreciate that, but I cannot add anything to what I said in my original answer.