DEVELOPMENT: Road work is essential

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I am in total agreement with Stuart Smith’s letter (News Post Leader, October 15), and can concur that the introduction of any new housing development requires adequate road infrastructure changes.

Although new housing developments require planning and highway approval, I’m at a loss how the planers come to their decisions. There never seems to be increased road capacity, all that appears is a roundabout at the location of a new estate.

Mr Smith mentioned Cramlington, suggesting that this area is better off? I can assure him that this is not the case.

I have experienced the Blyth issue, trying to get in and out at rush hour/hours and agree that it is totally unacceptable, but nothing seems to change. Getting in and out, north, south, east and west of Cramlington is also extremely difficult during peak times.

I’ve lived in Cramlington all my married life and the only major road improvements that have taken place in 40 years, to my knowledge, are traffic lights on the Moor Farm roundabout and the recent alterations to the Seaton Burn roundabout, which I think were both carried out by the Highway Agency.

We in Cramlington are bracing ourselves because planning for 1,600-plus homes in the south west sector was approved by Northumberland County Council, which the News Post Leader reported on two weeks ago. There is also the new development on the old Wilkinson Sword site and the possibility of homes opposite Manor Walks, north of Station Road.

Traffic volumes in and around Cramlington are, to say the least, diabolical. Shopping is also difficult because of the influx of homes.

Until planners and planning committees take notice of residents and their concerns, including congestion, frustration and quality of commuting, it will only get considerably worse.

Councils love new housing developments because they bring in more revenue. Perhaps this revenue should be spent on infrastructure?

Steve Wilson

Cramlington