Residents concerned about an “oven-ready” road scheme and 1 million new homes that it could usher in were urged to get involved in the democratic process at a packed public meeting.
With the general election looming next Thursday (Dec 12) campaigners with the No Expressway Group (NEG) urged scores of members of the public to put pressure on candidates over the Oxford to Cambridge road and its possible route to the south of Milton Keynes.
“It is a general election issue,” said NEG chair Olivia Field at the standing-room-only meeting at the Mary Adams Hall, in Woburn Sands, on Tuesday evening. “Hold councillors, candidates and MPs to account over this.”
The meeting was told that although the exact route is yet to be decided, it looked likely that the route would take it from the south of Bletchley, through Woburn Sands, on to Brogborough, and then beyond to Bedford and Cambridge.
Campaigners fear that the project could see the public sidelined as it is seen as being of national significance. It also forms part of a housing growth strategy in the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Arc that could see 1 million new homes, or “three towns the size of Buckingham.”