Hereford & Worcester

Hereford relief road plans criticised

Hundreds of people have spoken out at a public meeting against plans to build a £130m Hereford relief road.

The proposed route around the west of the city would go through the villages of Breinton and Stretton Sugwas.

Government rejected a different route in 2009. Herefordshire Council said current plans would be funded by building 8,500 homes over 17 years.

Liz Morawiecka, chairman of Breinton Parish Council, said objections were also based on the level of development.

Ms Morawiecka said: "With that level of housing, a relief road, as they call it will not provide any relief."

Dave Nicholson, strategic delivery manager at Herefordshire Council said: "It's all part of a package. It's roads, it's other transport measures, it's housing development... and it's jobs as well."

Population growth

Herefordshire Council expects Hereford's population to grow by about 20,000 people over the next 17 years.

Across the county of Herefordshire more than 18,000 homes are expected to be built over the same period, catering for an increase of about 42,000 people.

Following the meeting at Breinton Village Hall, Herefordshire Council has extended the consultation period until 19 November.

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