Wiltshire Council Cabinet to decide on next steps for A350 Melksham bypass

Last November, Wiltshire Council launched non-statutory consultation exploring the options available to improve the A350 at Melksham, including the potential for a new bypass around the town. Some of the options – 10d in particular – may affect our Parish more than others.

On Wednesday, Wiltshire Council announced the Cabinet will discuss the next steps for the proposed A350 Melksham bypass at its meeting next week at 10am on Tuesday 1st June.
The Cabinet paper details the proposed next stage of the project, which includes holding a second non-statutory consultation and engagement exercise on a shortlist of route options, before preparing an Outline Business Case to take to the Department for Transport.

The agenda for the Cabinet meeting next Tuesday is here – the A350 Melksham Bypass Consultation Report is item 8 and there are three documents: the report, and two appendices. The public are able to attend the meeting using the link in the agenda. Anyone wishing to speak must register as outlined.
If Cabinet agrees to the next stage, the second consultation exercise would begin at Melksham Area Board on 23 June at 7pm. The link for that meeting is here, although the agenda hasn’t been published yet

The report that has been prepared for the Cabinet meeting (here) proposes on page 3 that option 10d (the one that would have the most impact on Keevil Parish) is not included in the shortlist, and that further public consultation should be undertaken on a shortlist of options around 10c. Views of the public, town and parish councils, and other organisations will again be sought. Page 9 details a summary of responses to the original consultation, including those from the surrounding Parish Councils of Seend, Semington, Great Hinton, Melksham Without, and Steeple Ashton.

The full report on the consultation is here, with the response detail starting on page 17: Icon for pdf A350 Melksham bypass consultation report [744.86KB]

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