COUNCILLOR John Dennis reports that the idea of creating a Preston bypass is being looked at seriously by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of the process to build a new crematorium near Preston.
Councillor Dennis said: “Residents of the region will be pleased to hear about the East Riding’s proposals on the various investigations being carried out as part of the process. In particular, the section that a feasibility study on my proposal to create a bypass is to be taken seriously after many years of trying to get meaningful talks started.
“Of course, we’re not getting carried away about it yet. It’s only at a preliminary stage and has to be seriously considered. But heartening all the same.
“Many of these steps are as called for by local Ward Members (Councillor Dennis and Councillor Sue Steel), by the Chairman of Preston Parish Council, Councillor Geoff Catterick, by Councillor Jacob Birch of the neighbouring Ward, and by others.”
The council will be holding a range of public engagement events on the crematorium proposal, including:
- A public exhibition in Preston community hall (restricted access due to Covid-19).
- Online consultation for all residents of the East Riding to take part in to ask for their views.
- The Council will also create a financial viability plan to look at introducing a bypass in Preston to alleviate traffic issues in South West Holderness and surrounding wards.
Any concerns raised during the feedback, including traffic matters, will be considered in the development of the project. The Council will ensure it speaks directly with all Parish Councils within the Holderness Wards for their views on this proposal. All residents and interested parties, including parish and town councils, will have the opportunity to visit the local exhibition and participate in the public Question & Answer procedure.
A statement of community involvement report will be written following the pre-planning consultation, giving a full analysis of the feedback received. This will be submitted with the full planning application and will be considered by the relevant Planning Committee. The outcome of planning and the full business case will then be considered by The Cabinet in January 2021.