Northern Relief Road given the go ahead
Swale Borough Council is delighted that the Planning Inspector has given the green light for the Northern Relief Road. The new road will provide a link across Milton Creek from Castle Road to the already completed section of the Northern Relief Road at Kemsley Mill.
It will be built by Kent County Council and will provide much needed new access into the Eurolink Industrial estate and relieve traffic congestion in Sittingbourne town centre. The road is projected to cost £43 million. The funding comes from the Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Transport, and developer contributions.
The road is an important step towards the regeneration of Sittingbourne town centre. The delivery of the road is now certain, so we can start to move forward much more positively with the plans for the town. The next steps are to appoint a contractor to construct the road. It is hoped that a start on site will be made later in 2009.
Councillor John Wright, Swale Borough Council’s Executive Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said ‘This is an excellent Christmas present for Sittingbourne. It is a vital piece of the jigsaw that will enable us to press ahead with the regeneration of the town centre.’
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