Grantham Journal letter: Relief road will be beneficial for our town’s growth

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Whilst Marietta King is shuddering at the prospect of sitting in Grantham traffic (Journal, January 2, Two greatest issues are traffic and housing), I am just as concerned with the ill-informed and misjudged sweeping statements made in her article.

I am furthermore astounded by her negative approach to growth in Grantham; it is sadly somewhat reminiscent of the attitudes which have held our town back for so long. If done correctly it will bring investment, jobs, and an economic boost beyond anything we have seen in decades.

If Marietta had sought the facts, she would know that the relief road is in part being funded by the same housing and employment developments she seeks to discourage. I am astounded that a parliamentary candidate is clearly unable to understand how business, the economy and planning operates, and in addition has wildly over inflated the figures, presumably to fit UKIP’s national scaremongering tactics.

On the subject of electing UKIP in the district council elections, you only need to look as far as the county council to see how infighting, inexperience, and grandstanding wannabe politicians have failed to deliver and have let their residents down.

I also find the reference to ‘our’ town slightly quizzical from someone who doesn’t live anywhere near Grantham. If, like me and other readers, she actually lived and worked here, she’d perhaps be better equipped to comment.

I don’t want to be sat in traffic either, and it’s frustrating for us all, but look at the progress that has been made to secure the funding and go ahead for a relief road we have waited so long to get, and one that will make a big difference to the town. We heard this same complaining naysayer prior to the Market Place revamp; how wrong they were as well. Work will be starting this year, and I for one will welcome it with open arms.

Grantham has a huge amount of potential, which can all be achieved by voting for those best positioned to deliver it in May. Sadly for UKIP, Marietta’s column has proven that her and her colleagues simply do not fall into this category.

Helen Goral

Conservative district council candidate for Arnoldfield