I had a meeting today with the new Executive Director of Environment Services. We discussed a number of issues to do with Highways and Whittlesey and, in particular, the need to make progress on a bypass for the Town.
It is going to be extremely difficult to get funding for a bypass because of the financial climate at the moment, especially just by making the case based solely on the needs of Whittlesey and a large part of the discussion was about the benefits that a bypass could bring to Fenland as a whole. We both agreed that the new strategic planning framework that will come about as a result of the demise of Regional Spatial Strategies provides a real opportunity to move this issue forwards.
There are those that seem to think this can happen tomorrow - it really can't. Getting the money together for something like this will take a long time - but I am convinced we are further ahead in our thinking than we ever have been.