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Anti-road lobbyists mark anniversary
11:10am Thursday 4th October 2012 in News
MEMBERS of the A556 Lobby Group – a group opposed to plans for a bypass through countryside at Tabley, Mere and Millington travelled to Winchester last weekend to attend the 20th anniversary of the Twyford Down protests against the M3 extension.
The Lobby Group was invited to take part along with other nationwide anti-road groups by organisers Campaign for Better Transport.
Apart from wanting to mark the 20th anniversary of Twyford Down the event included a photo stunt and workshops to highlight the current Government’s renewed interest in huge road-building schemes, many of which are planned to be built through areas of countryside.
Matt Parkinson was one of those who attended to represent the A556 Lobby Group, said: “It was wonderful to spend time with other groups fighting to save their countryside from being ruined, but also sad to see the devastation caused by the M3 cutting through one of the most beautiful corners of England.
“Even as scientists report a record Arctic ice melt – indicating that man-made climate change is progressing at a faster pace than had been anticipated – George Osborne wants to spend billions of pounds building hundreds of new roads.
“There was particular interest in the A556 scheme from environmental activists due to its location in the Chancellor’s constituency.”