‘Write to Whitehall to save A41 from trucks’

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CAMPAIGNERS against the Arla megadairy at Aston Clinton are urging opponents to take their battle to the next level and lobby Whitehall after local planning chiefs gave the scheme the go-ahead on Friday.

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s planning chiefs unanimously voted for the development on a site along the A41 bypass, despite thousands of objectors saying that it will cause traffic chaos in the area.

The matter now lies with Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government, for a final decision regarding a potential call-in of the applications.

Arla Foods’ £150 million investment on the 115-acre site will create 700 jobs and a £20 million annual wages bill.

Although most people are for the benefits it will bring to the local economy, many are concerned about the estimated 4,000 extra vehicles, including 1,000 HGVs, a day added to local roads.

Dacorum Borough Council objected on grounds of sustainable traffic movements as well as the impact it would have on the countryside.

Lead campaigner of Aylesbury Chiltern Resistance to Inappropriate Development (ACRID) Nigel Haywood has warned that the A41’s short slip roads are not practical for lorries and this will end up congesting the roads.

He said: “As a commuter myself I know quite often the jams at the M25 junction can go as far back as Hemel Hempstead and I think this could double. It will increase fuel bills for motorists from sitting in traffic for longer. The only thing people can do now is write to Mr Pickles.”

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