Negotiations begin on eastern link road

Councillor Phil Gomm
Councillor Phil Gomm

Landowners are set to enter into negotiations with the council over land needed for the southern part of the new eastern link road.

Bucks County Council transport and finance bosses Ruth Vigor-Hedderly and Peter Hardy agreed this week to start talks over land needed to complete the road.

They also agreed that if negotiations are not successful they will use the council’s powers under the Highways Act to force the owners to sell up using compulsory purchase orders.

The first part of the eastern link road, which is not included in the cabinet’s decision will stat at the A418 around the Hulcott turn and end at the foot of the Grand Union Canal.

This phase is being dealt with by Barratt Homes, who will hold a public exhibition about their plans at the Holiday Inn, Aston Clinton on November 5.

The land needed for the second phase which starts at the canal and ends at the Aston Clinton roundabout is owned by four landowners.

Phil Gomm, UKIP county councillor for Aylesbury East, said: “Everyone on the eastern side has been asking for this since the 1960s. The opportunity has arisen for a link road and while that may disappoint some landowners the majority agree. We will still be pushing for a proper bypass aswell though.”