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Stratford MP meets Chamber's south branch

Warwickshire County Council will have to show “strong leadership” to ensure that the South Western Relief Road in Stratford goes ahead.

Stratford MP meets Chamber's south branch

 

 

Pictured (left to right): Maurice Howse, Nadhim Zahawi, Larry Coltman

 

 

The road has been proposed to serve the new Long Marston Airfield Garden Village scheme of 3,100 homes and to reduce congestion in and around the town.

The scheme has prompted protest from local groups, but – speaking at the South Warwickshire Branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce – MP Nadhim Zahawi said the county council would be key in making the road a reality.

“The District Council is committed and doing everything in its capacity to make it happen. It now needs strong leadership from the County Council to make sure it happens,” he said.

“There is always pressures on schemes such as this, but it is key that when we create new communities, we develop the infrastructure to serve not only them, but also to cope with the inevitable impact they bring.”

The meeting, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, also heard from Councillor Maurice Howse, Portfolio Holder for Business, Tourism and ICT for Stratford District Council.

Larry Coltman, chair of the branch, said it was clear that the council wanted to forge closer links with business in the area.

“Councils need to work with business and business groups such as the Chamber and it was clear that Maurice intends to drive that forward which we really welcome,” he said.

“The Chamber is very active right across the patch, we link very well with Nadhim in Stratford and to have the District Council really pushing the business agenda and ensuring lines of communication are very much open is good news for all parties.”

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