Warcop Parish Council recently produced a survey sheet which went to every resident in Warcop Parish. It was a simple request to see if there was sufficient support for an alternative to the route between Appleby and Brough published by Highways England. The Parish Council believes that the proposed route will be too close to Warcop village and other residential and business premises along the 5-mile route.
Musgrave Parish Council also used the sheet to ask the residents of its parish and the results are included with Warcop’s. Some 300 sheets were distributed and almost 200 returned.
The forms were counted by the Reverend Clive Hicks.
94% of forms returned were in favour of the alternative route, with 6% supporting the original route offered by Highways England.
Such overwhelming support for the alternative route means that both Parish Councils will pass on this outcome to our MP, Dr Neil Hudson, and to Highways England. We believe that Highways England should now draw up a detailed scheme for the northern route. We will keep you informed of the responses we receive. We also hope to have this survey result in The Herald.
Warcop and Musgrave Parish Councils would like to thank everyone who took part in the survey which shows a very high level of community engagement.
Here is a copy of the results table:
HIGHWAYS ENGLAND UPDATES
Meanwhile, Highways England has published updates on progress on the whole project. Here are two links which might help you find out more. One is to a virtual consultation where you can click on the relevant section to see a video. The other is to the complete update booklet.