Chief Executive of CPRE writes open letter to decision makers

2nd July 2020

CPRE Bedfordshire is delighted that Crispin Truman has joined our campaign to stop the A6-M1 Link Road.

Crispin Truman OBE, Chief Executive of CPRE, the countryside charity, has taken the unusual step of writing personally to:

James Jamieson, Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council
Hilary Chiping, Chief Exec of SEMLEP
Grant Shapps, MP, Secretary of State for Transport

Asking them to reconsider their support for the A6 – M1 Link Road which will slice through the southern edge of the nationally important Bedfordshire Chilterns AONB causing untold damage to this hugely valuable landscape.

The complete length of the road and accompanying infrastructure will be entirely within the Green Belt and beside two ancient woodlands.

 

Crispin Truman

 

Crispin decided to write this open letter to reinforce the fact that the Bedfordshire Chilterns AONB is a landscape and environment of national importance and not simply a local matter as stated by Robert Jenrick, MP, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he refused to “call-in for review”, Central Bedfordshire Council’s decision to grant Planning Permission.

Crispin has also pointed out that Government appointed Inspectors raised serious concerns regarding the need for the new road during the examination of CBC’s new Local Plan 2035.

If it goes ahead, the building of the new Link Road will be an act of environmental vandalism on a national scale.

 

Read more about our campaign here.

Read Crispin’s letter.

 

Map A6-M1
Quernmore landscape