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Hereford link road public inquiry to be held

The proposed city link road in Hereford took another step forward today as the Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government announced a public enquiry will be held in April.

Negotiations with landowners along the line of the proposed road to buy their property by agreement have been ongoing for a number of years but in March 2013 the council made a decision to invoke compulsory purchase powers to secure the land in case we could not reach agreement with any of the landowners.

Following the making of the orders by the Council on 23 August 2013, a number of objections to them were made.

As required by the relevant inquiry procedure rules for both orders, it is necessary to prepare and serve upon each objector, and the Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, a Statement of Case for each order explaining the Council’s case for them and the reasons for the making of the orders. The council’s Statements of Case were served upon the objectors and both Secretaries of State on 9 January 2014.

The inquiry is the next step in the process for the link road proposals and is an opportunity for Herefordshire Council to set out its case for the road and for those who have objected to be heard.

This Inquiry will be held starting on April 23 at 10am at Gardiner Hall, Royal National College, Venns Lane, Hereford HR1 1DT