In a report to be discussed by the Environment and Transport Scrutiny Committee on the 5th of November, Leicestershire County Council's Director of Highways has recommended that none of the proposed options put forward in the consultation for improvement work at Hugglescote Crossroads should be pursued further.
After receiving strong opposition to the proposals to demolish the community centre and widen the crossroads, Highways have admitted that the Authority has no funding identified in its budgets for the delivery of any scheme at the Crossroads. There is no money to acquire land associated with any approved widening scheme or to fund possible planning blight claims.
Instead priority will be given to developing a package of infrastructure to deliver growth in Coalville concentrating on the A511 and Bardon Link.
Local Member Cllr Terri Eynon is pleased that residents views have been taken into account. "During the consultation the Crossroads Action Group presented independent evidence showing that pressure on Hugglescote Cross Roads is due to rat-running from the congested A511."
"Residents need to be aware that the "Bardon Link" mentioned in the report is not a "by-pass". It is merely an estate road that will enable access to the 2700 houses proposed for land off Grange Road. Without significant investment in transport in North West Leicestershire we may never see the economic prosperity that housing growth is supposed to deliver for Coalville."