Grantham Journal letter: Bypass will help us improve Grantham

Coun Frances Cartwright.
Coun Frances Cartwright.

In response to the article from Marietta King, I would like to take the opportunity to remind all your readers that the delivery of the Grantham Southern Relief Road has been, and still is, an acknowledged long-standing priority for South Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire County Council and a long held ambition of many local people (both ‘The People of Grantham’ and many other users of the A1 and the A52!).

The new relief road will remove much of the through traffic from Grantham town centre, including many of the HGVs whose current sole purpose is to get through the centre of Grantham as they move from east to west across the wider region. The positive impacts of removing that traffic on the attractiveness of Grantham town centre will be palpable.

There is a generally accepted need for more housing in the UK and we are fortunate in South Kesteven to have put in place a planned approach to meeting our housing growth – which means we have looked to ensure that the infrastructure required to enable that growth to be as sustainable as possible is to be delivered alongside the new homes and jobs.

The proposed Southern Quadrant is a key element of Grantham’s planned housing growth, it is within our approved Core Planning Strategy and I think that it will bring discernible benefits to Grantham by supporting our businesses, our schools and our hospital.

The Southern Quadrant is the linchpin of the funding package for the building of the road as appropriate developer obligations will be secured alongside other government grants and public sector funding without which the road will not happen.

I hope that these few words will help to clarify why I am a positive supporter of the relief road – the sooner we can get it built the sooner we can make Grantham an even better place.

Coun Frances Cartwright

Portfolio Holder for Grow the Economy SKDC