The Department for Transport has confirmed there will be a public inquiry into the Scheme Orders for Lincoln Eastern Bypass. This will relate to the whole bypass but it expected to be dominated by Hawthorn Road issues. The date of the inquiry has not yet been announced but is expected to be in the spring. DfT made the decision that an inquiry was necessary due to the huge response from the local area with over 500 objection letters being written. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write a detailed personal letter to The DfT with many also copying letters to Lincolnshire County Council.
The calling of an inquiry is both a success and a disappointment for the Action Group. We had hoped that our brief discussions with LCC would demonstrate that a road bridge was indeed possible, and that it was worth exploring in greater detail following the vast number of objections received. Sadly it appears that LCC are not willing to find a way to make this happen, much to our disappointment. After all if LCC were to amend plans and include a road bridge, objectors would have the opportunity to very quickly withdraw their objections and avoid the costs of a Public Inquiry. We sincerely hope they change their mind.
We will be posting more information about the inquiry here as it becomes known.