Information about the Public Inquiry
This section provides details about the Public Inquiry process. The scheduled dates are:
Letter from the Highways Agency and Statement of Case
Any person or group who sent an objection to the Mottram Bypass proposals (either in writing, via e-mail, or using our online form) will have received a letter from the Highways Agency. In this letter they inform you that they have recently published their statement of case and asking you to send in your statement of case. The letter also points out that if you do not wish to provide a statement of case then your objection letter (or e-mail, etc.) will be treated as such.
What do to next...
If you wish to appear and speak at the public inquiry, you will need to register your intention to speak at the inquiry. You can do this by downloading, completing, and returning the relevant form from the Persona Associates website. Alternatively, you can e-mail the Programme Officer, Chris Banks (firstname.lastname@example.org), directly and tell him something along the lines of:
"I would like to notify the Inspector of my intention to make a representation as an Objector at the Public Inquiry called into the proposed A57/A628 Mottram to Tintwistle Bypass & Glossop Spur."
The Programme Officer will then draw up the timetable for the Inquiry and will arrange with you when you should appear. Before you turn up, prepare your written statement and read it out to the Inspector. This will ensure you can cover all the points you with to make.
However, as an ordinary member of the public, it is possible to just turn up and ask to speak. To do this you will need to attend on the day the Inquiry opens and make it clear then that you wish to speak at a later stage. All requests from members of the public are usually permitted (though this is at the Inspector's discretion).
If you do not with to (or are unable to) appear and speak at the public inquiry, you need do nothing; just ignore the Highways Agency's letter. If you are on our supporter list (i.e., you receive e-mails/hard copy mailings from us, or you have recently filled out our online form and asked us to send them in future), Save Swallow's Wood will be attending the Inquiry and will speak on your behalf. If you are not currently on our supporter list and you would like us to represent you, please e-mail us so that we can make we have your details.
If youy have any unanswered questions, please call us on 0845 226 3392 and we'll do our best to help.
What is a Statement of Case?
A Statement of Case (SOC) is an outline summary of the case you with to make at the Public Inquiry. It is usually no more than 1,500 words (if it is over 1,500 words, a Summary SOC is required). The SOC then forms the basis of the arguments you expand upon in Evidence.
What is Evidence?
Anyone speaking at the Inquiry may call witnesses and present evidence that they wish the Inspector to consider in making their decision. Evidence should be relevant and fact-based (i.e., there are often lots of lorries outside my house is not evidence, but traffic flow data is) If you wish to speak it is up to you whether you wish to call witnesses or provide evidence. As a member of the public, it is unlikely you will want to provide evidence or call witnesses, in which case you don't need to provide a SOC or supporting evidence.
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