HC Deb 12 February 1958 vol 582 cc57-8W
98. Mr. Peel

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is aware that one of the surveyed routes for the proposed London—Yorkshire motorway through Leicestershire runs through the Charnwood Forest, which is an area which has been scheduled for preservation by the county council for many years; and if he will take this latter point into consideration before making a decision as to the route which should be followed.

105. Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether his attention has been drawn to the concern felt by a large number of residents in the Charnwood Forest, Leicester, and other places that a proposal is being considered to build a portion of the motorway to Yorkshire through Charnwood Forest; and what steps he has taken to meet their requests.

Mr. Watkinson

I have received a number of representations about the line which the London—Yorkshire motorway should take through Leicestershire, and in each case an explanation has been given of the procedure I am statutorily required to follow before a decision can be made. When I am in a position to publish my draft proposals, three months will be allowed for objections to be lodged, and I will then give full consideration to all representations made to me. The difficulties of finding the best route in this area must inevitably mean that the date for authorising this motorway will be set back very considerably.

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