Is starting point for M6 link legal?

An artist's impression of the proposed northern bypass.'Previously Torrisholme Road was to be diverted 300 metres north east to a new road bridge.  A pedestrian underpass was to run underneath the M6 Link. The new plans sees Torrisholme Road continue along a slightly realigned route beneath a full height road bridge raising the height of the new road.
An artist's impression of the proposed northern bypass.'Previously Torrisholme Road was to be diverted 300 metres north east to a new road bridge. A pedestrian underpass was to run underneath the M6 Link. The new plans sees Torrisholme Road continue along a slightly realigned route beneath a full height road bridge raising the height of the new road.

It is depressing to see how many contributors to the continuing debate about the proposed M6 link road are unconcerned about the legality of key aspects of procedure.

Regrettably, that attitude has dogged the process to date as the scheme has been bustled through by the interested officials and parties to the latest approval stage.

If any of the issues for review, let alone all five, is carried, showing that the related regulations have been serially ignored or inadequately addressed, the validity of the process is demolished.

At this point, it is not a case of revisiting the reasons why the scheme has been pushed through in the face of the pretty general acceptance (even among many of those who remain in favour) that this is by no means the best solution to the town’s transport needs and the increasingly dubious claims about economic benefits and costs.

It is a case of whether the political agenda has or has not been conducted according to law.

How revealing that so many of the link’s backers now seem happy, as arguably its chief pushers all along, to brush these serious contraventions so high-handedly aside.

Keith Hanley

Carus Lodge

Halton.