HC Deb 08 May 1962 vol 659 cc33-4W
Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Transport whether he has now taken a decision on the proposed Eastern Avenue extension.

Mr. Marples

Yes. I have decided to accept my Inspector's recommendation that the Order fixing the line of this road should be made. I am very conscious that the rehousing problem to be solved before the road can be built is particularly difficult because of the shortage of building land in the borough and the fact that the local authority although very willing are unable to help. Re-housing must be spread over a long period and occupiers of affected property who are able to re-accommodate themselves must be encouraged to do so as soon as they conveniently can. I am accordingly now prepared, as an exceptional measure so far in advance of road works, to consider purchasing on full compulsory acquisition terms, that is to say with allowance for disturbance if appropriate, any properties due to be demolished which can be obtained with vacant possession.

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