Saturday, 11 September 2010

Morecambe Link Road

It seems so obvious to me that Morecambe and Heysham need a link road to the M6. I have written about it several times as I do not see how businesses will stay in the area without it. So it was good to see the headline in the Morecambe Guardian yesterday "Link road limbo threatens jobs". Of course jobs will be threatened if it isn't built. If an employer hasn't already decided to move out of the area (and plenty have) then it is only a matter of time before they do. A spokesperson for Lancashire County Council estimated that "900 new jobs would be created by 2020 on just a few industrial sites and this did not take into account "new jobs created in tourism, leisure or retail or existing jobs maintained that otherwise may have been lost".

My gut feeling is that there is an extreme significance to the building of this road. Others, notably the Morecambe Bay Independent Party (see yesterday's blog) have nailed their colours to the mast of the ship sailing in the opposite direction. One councillor "could not see there being anything extra for Morecambe people". A remarkable lack of vision for someone holding this important office. However my main motivation for writing this blog was her last comment. She believes that other things are more important than "shaving half an hour off a car journey". This is a trip which would take 5 minutes and may now take 35. That's some shave!

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