Melton Borough Council

Public drop-in event showcases plans for Melton relief road

Published Monday, 8th October 2018 road through green field

People in Melton are being invited to look at the detailed plans for the new relief road.

The county council’s environment and transport department is organising information drop-in events at Melton Borough Council’s Parkside offices on Burton Street LE13 1GH on Monday, 15th October (1.30pm to 8.30pm), Friday, 19th October (1.30pm to 8.30pm) and Saturday, 20th October (10am to 3.30pm)

Back in May, the council received a massive boost when the Department of Transport awarded £49.5m from its Large Local Majors Fund towards the £63.5m Melton Mowbray Distributor Road..

The county council has to subsequently announced its preferred route for the relief road and now submitted a planning application to its planning department

The events taking place in Melton will provide the opportunity for people to view the proposals which, if approved, are set to transform the local area by tackling congestion, enabling housing growth, supporting business productivity and helping people get to work and college

Blake Pain, county council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Through consultations with landowners, local groups and other bodies we have worked hard to develop a scheme that brings major traffic benefits to the town.

“But, we realise that people may have comments or queries about specific aspects of the planning application proposals, and we are happy to try and address these at the drop-in events so we would really encourage people to come along.

“However, if you wish to make a formal comment about the planning application these should be addressed to Leicestershire County Council planning department, who will be considering our plans.”

Melton Borough Council are also contributing £400,000 towards the road scheme and their deputy leader, Leigh Higgins, said: “We worked in partnership with the county council to secure this vital funding. Improvements to roads and transport are key to the future prosperity of the town and surrounding areas.”

Updates on the scheme will be available at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/mmdr  when a link will be provided to the planning portal where the application  will be available to view

The county council will have officers at the drop-in events to provide more detail on various aspects of the proposals, which includes a realignment of a stretch of the River Eye and a section of road between Scalford and Melton Spinney Road roundabouts.  There will also be drone footage showing a visualisation of the road.

Work on the relief road – which will run to the North and East of Melton – is set to start in 2020 and complete in 2022. The route of the road runs from the A606 Nottingham Road and crosses Scalford Road, Melton Spinney Road and Thorpe Road (A607) before rejoining the A606 Burton Road.