The original Save Swallow’s Wood campaign disbanded in 2010, as you can see from this last piece of news on the old site, here. Yet here we are again.

The scheme has been reinstated in part and is now called the A57 Link Road. A consultation has opened up and now is the time to make your voice heard and register your objection to these damaging road building plans.

For more information, read on.

A57 LINK ROADS – HAVE YOUR SAY NOW

The A57 Link Roads – the renamed Mottram bypass and Glossop Spur – would increase traffic, cause more road accidents, worsen the climate and nature emergencies, cut the Green Belt in two and harm local well-being.

When the Godley Green Garden Village is added in the new roads and the village will increase congestion on M60 J24 Denton Island where a flyover or a new turn is being planned.

The consultation last year provided little information. Now is the time to press for rigorous scrutiny and register your objection.

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) is starting a six-month Planning Examination into Highways England’s application for consent to build the A57 Link Roads. Details are on the Planning Inspectorate website, here: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/north-west/a57-link-roads-previously-known-as-trans-pennine-upgrade-programme/?ipcsection=docs

How to Object

Anyone may register and make a short representation until 23.59 16th September 2021.

Click the button below, which will take you to the Planning Inspectorate site, and follow the instructions.

If you would rather send a paper copy you can call 0303 444 5000 quoting the name of the Application and the Inspectorate’s reference number TR010034.

Your representation can use up to 500 words but no more. Make sure you include a summary of points that you consider are the main issues for the Inspector to consider at the Examination.

You can download a template of the issues which you may either use, amend, or much better, put into your own words, focusing on what is meaningful to you.

What to Say

Here are some of the main objections to the scheme. You should include those that are important to you, in your own words, if possible.

I object to the A57 Link Roads for the following reasons:

  1. The scheme would increase traffic. The benefits to Mottram come at the expense of the rest of Longdendale and Glossopdale where daily traffic
    increases on many residential roads.
  2. Road accidents would increase with 102 extra collisions over 60 years but on the A57 Snake Pass, a high risk road for a fatal or serious injury crash, there would be 160 extra collisions over 60 years.
  3. Over 60 years the scheme would add an extra 399,867tonnes of carbon dioxide. One tree absorbs around 1tonne of carbon dioxide in 100years. We cannot wait for nearly 400,000 trees to grow for 100years. Carbon emissions must be tested against international and national legislation and guidance.
  4. Air pollution improves for some households, for others nitrogen dioxide remains above the legal limit e.g. on Market Street, Hollingworth. For one property on Dinting Vale air pollution gets worse. The Air Quality Management Areas in Tintwistle and Glossop would remain.
  5. Wildlife habitats, such as wet grazing meadows, and protected species, such as bats and barn owls, would be lost. Local countryside, highly valued for its natural undeveloped character and open views, would be urbanised and the Green Belt would be cut in two.
  6. A lorry ban coupled with sustainable transport measures and technological improvements would bring lasting benefits and avoid the above adverse impacts. But Highways England rejected this option. Far reaching changes since 2015 – the declaration of a climate and nature emergency and the Covid-19 pandemic – make scrutiny of this option essential.
  7. The Peak District National Park is a bank for carbon, a haven for wildlife and a place where everyone can get outdoors and enjoy nature, and peace and quiet. With more traffic on cross Park routes these special qualities will be eroded.

Need more information? Download the briefing note giving more details about the scheme.

More updates from the campaign

We’re back online!

After a heading 11 years of greatly reduced activity, the site back online – with a new section that will be used to share updates about the latest incarnation of the scheme, namely the A57 Link Road.