Lib Dems welcome motion in Parliament on local concerns about proposed new A3/M25 Junction at Wisley

November 20, 2020 4:58 PM
By Cllr Will Forster

The local Lib Dems have welcomed the Early Day Motion tabled by Lib Dem MP Daisy Cooper which raises concerns regarding the proposed new M25/A3 junction alongside RHS Wisley.

In the motion Daisy Cooper MP highlights RHS Wisley's concerns around the impact the proposal will have on 44 trees along their boundary with the A3, including the felling of 17 Grade II Heritage trees and 27 other trees being negatively impacted by the undermining of their root strength. She also notes local concerns from residents and the local councils about the wider environmental impact as a result of the unnecessary extra mileage and inevitable increased pollution created by the junction, ending with a call for the Government to stop the proposal and require Highways England to consider and implement an alternative approach.

Lib Dem Spokesperson for Woking, Councillor Will Forster said:

"I am grateful to Daisy Cooper MP for raising the concerns of RHS Wisley and their members and also those of local people about the negative impact of the current design proposal from Highways England for this is new junction."

"The Lib Dems are committed to protecting our environment and ensuring that the health and needs of local communities are prioritised when considering new infrastructure and development. Where proposals are not right it is crucial the Government take note, then consider and implement alternative approaches that put the environment, local health and needs of communities front and centre."

"However, it is disappointing that none of our local Conservative MPs have been leading on this issue. It has caused so much concern for both RHS Wisley, its members and local residents. Their silence is noticeable."