Inquiry into controversial A57 improvement scheme

A GOVERNMENT inspector has been called in to scrutinise the proposed A57 improvement scheme near Todwick.

The independent public inquiry will be held at 10am on Tuesday 4th October at the Matrix at Dinnington Business Centre, Nobel Way.

The inquiry, expected to last four days, will examine two elements of the proposed scheme which have caused some local controversy – compulsory purchase orders and side roads orders.

Rotherham Council’s design to revamp the road between junction 31 of the M1 and the Todwick Crossroads was met with little enthusiasm when plans went on display in April.

The major concern was that drivers would no longer be able to turn right into Goosecarr Lane, sending more traffic through the village and past a primary school.

The plans as they stand would see the A57 transformed into a dual carriageway from junction 31 of the M1 to the Todwick Crossroads, which would be replaced by a roundabout.

The speed limit would also be dropped to 50mph.

“We are pleased to hear we have finally been granted a public inquiry after eight years,” said Jack Cloke, chairman of Todwick Residents Group.

“We have gathered hundreds of signatures on a petition ready to present to the inspector, we are hoping to reach 1,000.”

Mr Cloke said he knew of 35 objectors who would be making their representations at the inquiry.

“The residents of Todwick are very concerned about the loss of the right turn into Goosecarr Lane, and I know some of the land owners who are unhappy too.”

“Let’s hope the inspector will see sense and bring some clarity to this situation.”

Rotherham Council reserved its right to comment until the inquiry was under way.

l A petition is available for people in Todwick and surrounding areas to sign at Todwick Village Hall from 10am-noon on Tuesday 30th August and 6th September. Or call Jack Cloke on 01909 772822.