HC Deb 25 January 1979 vol 961 c256W
Mr. Kershaw

asked the Secretary of State for Transport, in the light of the fact that the inspector's report about the suitability of the Stroud inner ring road was dated 26 November 1976 and that this report has now been accepted in full by him, what is the reason for the delay of over two years in coming to a decision; what compensation he proposes to pay to householders and others whose property during this period has been devalued and whose businesses have been damaged; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Horam

It was difficult to arrive at a proper balance between the environmental and highways consideration in this case. The delay in reaching a decision is very much regretted. It has been open to people whose properties have been affected as a result of the compulsory purchase order for Stroud inner ring road to seek compensation under the normal blight provisions.