With plans to build 2700 more houses off Grange Road soon to be decided by NWLeics District Council, County Highways have published a set of nine options to manage the effect of increased traffic on Hugglescote Cross Roads.
The Highway engineers' "preferred option", number 7, involves demolishing Hugglescote Community Centre.
The traffic modelling assumes that the District Council's Local Plan will include 4000 new houses in SE Coalville. It also assumes that funding can be found for a link road to "punch through" from the development onto the A511 at the Bardon Road/Stephenson Way roundabout.
The Highways report will be discussed by the County Council Cabinet on the 19th November.
A cross-party group of local Parish, District and County Councillors met with Highways engineers to discuss this report. The Councillors made it clear that they are all implacably opposed to the demolition of Hugglescote Community Centre. This former Victorian School, built in 1862, was refurbished by local residents using Lottery Funds. Owned by the Church and leased to a social enterprise, it stands at the heart of the village.
County Councillor Dr Terri Eynon hopes the whole village will stand together. "These plans would rip the heart out of Hugglescote to create a cheapskate Coalville 'southern bypass'.
Parish and District Councillor Russ Johnson agrees "If a new village is to be built off Grange Road, we need to see infrastructure first with a properly funded plan to move traffic away from existing village centres."
If the Cabinet approves the report a formal consultation will begin early in the new year.