Second phase of north Worcestershire highway works gets backing from bosses

Evesham Journal: Work on the new north Worcestershire highway could start in spring 2015 Work on the new north Worcestershire highway could start in spring 2015

THE expansion of a £12.4 million road has been given the go-ahead in Worcestershire – unlocking the pot-ential to create thousands more jobs.

The county council’s Conservative leadership has ag-reed to back phase two of the Hoo Brook Link Road, which will connect the A451 Stour-port Road to the A442 Worcester Road in Kidderminster.

Work is underway on phase one – a 600-metre long two-way carriageway costing £4.9 million funded by the Department for Transport.

Now, the cabinet has agreed to endorse phase two, which will provide a link over the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal and River Stour through to the A442 Worcester Road.

The main aim of the works is to ease congestion in and around the Wyre Forest area and unlock new sites for development, including the former British Sugar site in Kidderminster.

It follows concerns that too many old industrial sites in north Worcestershire are not attractive enough for major employers because the existing road network is so old.

During a cabinet meeting at County Hall, politicians said it was “essential” to improve the developmentprospects of Worcestershire.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, deputy leader and the cabinet member for economy, skills and infrastructure ,said: “The total cost of this road is £2.4 million, so it’s a substantial investment.

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“What we want to do now is move forward – this is a key moment for the scheme.”

Coun John Campion, cabinet member for tranformation and commissioning, said: “This matter is of vital importance to residents.

“They  want to see this area of Kidderminster unlocked for growth, and this infrastructure is essential."

Coun Liz Eyre, the cabinet member responsible for children and families, said: “This is about creating more opportunities for our children – it will help change people’s lives.”

The council has secured £5 million from the Department for Transport, and the kitty is being boosted by £1 million from Wyre Forest District Council and private developers.

The next step is approval from County Hall’s planning committee, expected in early 2014 and construction will start in the spring of 2015, with the second phase complete in January 2016.

 

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7:03pm Tue 17 Dec 13

WilkoJ says...

And WN, what's with all the hyphens again?
And WN, what's with all the hyphens again? WilkoJ

7:39pm Tue 17 Dec 13

CJH says...

WilkoJ wrote:
And WN, what's with all the hyphens again?
I think it's where the line breaks come in the printed edition. But you'd think someone would just tidy it up before it appears on the website...along with the spelling... ;-)
[quote][p][bold]WilkoJ[/bold] wrote: And WN, what's with all the hyphens again?[/p][/quote]I think it's where the line breaks come in the printed edition. But you'd think someone would just tidy it up before it appears on the website...along with the spelling... ;-) CJH

10:02am Wed 18 Dec 13

MulsanneChap says...

Those who were deriding Mr Fullee, perhaps you'd like to get your facts right about what his role and responsibilities are within the highways department before making comments which are not only tarnishing his reputation and professionalism, but are also incorrect.

Mr Fullee was effectively an area highways manager and it just so happened that the changes made to the Whittington roundabout and the rebuilding of Abbey Bridge were in the geographical area he covered. He was not involved in designing, managing or delivering either of these schemes, merely keeping an observational brief. I'm not sure what his current role is, but to suggest that the Hoo Brook Link Road will be a another failing on his part is incorrect and appears to be built on incorrect facts and supposition from his previous role.

Mr Fullee is a highways officer who is very professional at what he does and endeavors to do his best within the parameters and varying demands of the public and councillors he works within, but it seems that because some people were either not accepting of some of his decisions or answers, or instead believing incorrect comments in the press, he has been the target of what I can only describe as abuse. Such comments are hurtful and demoralising, but sadly mud sticks and people believe what they read and I won't be surprised if Mr Fullee's professionalism and reputation have been irreversibly damaged. And the same goes to other staff who are subject to similar comments.

People are entitled to make public comments and have their opinions about others, even they're negative comments, but to do a public character assassination based on incorrect information about what they do is wrong. I am pleased the WN have removed the misleading comments.
Those who were deriding Mr Fullee, perhaps you'd like to get your facts right about what his role and responsibilities are within the highways department before making comments which are not only tarnishing his reputation and professionalism, but are also incorrect. Mr Fullee was effectively an area highways manager and it just so happened that the changes made to the Whittington roundabout and the rebuilding of Abbey Bridge were in the geographical area he covered. He was not involved in designing, managing or delivering either of these schemes, merely keeping an observational brief. I'm not sure what his current role is, but to suggest that the Hoo Brook Link Road will be a another failing on his part is incorrect and appears to be built on incorrect facts and supposition from his previous role. Mr Fullee is a highways officer who is very professional at what he does and endeavors to do his best within the parameters and varying demands of the public and councillors he works within, but it seems that because some people were either not accepting of some of his decisions or answers, or instead believing incorrect comments in the press, he has been the target of what I can only describe as abuse. Such comments are hurtful and demoralising, but sadly mud sticks and people believe what they read and I won't be surprised if Mr Fullee's professionalism and reputation have been irreversibly damaged. And the same goes to other staff who are subject to similar comments. People are entitled to make public comments and have their opinions about others, even they're negative comments, but to do a public character assassination based on incorrect information about what they do is wrong. I am pleased the WN have removed the misleading comments. MulsanneChap

10:42am Wed 18 Dec 13

Andy-Apache says...

Just a general observation, and excuse my pedantry.

There is no such thing as an incorrect 'fact'. It is is incorrect, it is by definition, NOT a fact.
Just a general observation, and excuse my pedantry. There is no such thing as an incorrect 'fact'. It is is incorrect, it is by definition, NOT a fact. Andy-Apache

12:03pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Andy_R says...

Perhaps if we knew who was responsible for the Whittington roundabout fiasco, the Surface Dressing fiasco, the Abbey Bridge fiasco, both the multi million pound bus lane to nowhere fiascos, the giving another contract to people who continually botch pothole repairs fiasco and the sneaky sell-off of land for an unnecessary left turn lane from Bath Road at the Ketch fiasco, and we also knew that they had been sacked, then we would't be looking for scapegoats?

The fact is that every single major decision about highways in this area for the last five years has been wrong, so people will inevitably be sceptical about this new scheme, and unless the highways department start accepting that they continually make massive mistakes, and get rid of the people responsible, then the public will inevitably try to find the culprits and do something about them for themselves.
Perhaps if we knew who was responsible for the Whittington roundabout fiasco, the Surface Dressing fiasco, the Abbey Bridge fiasco, both the multi million pound bus lane to nowhere fiascos, the giving another contract to people who continually botch pothole repairs fiasco and the sneaky sell-off of land for an unnecessary left turn lane from Bath Road at the Ketch fiasco, and we also knew that they had been sacked, then we would't be looking for scapegoats? The fact is that every single major decision about highways in this area for the last five years has been wrong, so people will inevitably be sceptical about this new scheme, and unless the highways department start accepting that they continually make massive mistakes, and get rid of the people responsible, then the public will inevitably try to find the culprits and do something about them for themselves. Andy_R

1:23pm Wed 18 Dec 13

TheRealFacts says...

Worcester needs new links with Stourport like a hole in the head! Have the councel not seen the atrocious traffic levels around the new bridge and leading up to Whittington and to the motorway? That is where investment is needed!
Worcester needs new links with Stourport like a hole in the head! Have the councel not seen the atrocious traffic levels around the new bridge and leading up to Whittington and to the motorway? That is where investment is needed! TheRealFacts

3:06pm Wed 18 Dec 13

DEMRICS says...

MulsanneChap wrote:
Those who were deriding Mr Fullee, perhaps you'd like to get your facts right about what his role and responsibilities are within the highways department before making comments which are not only tarnishing his reputation and professionalism, but are also incorrect.

Mr Fullee was effectively an area highways manager and it just so happened that the changes made to the Whittington roundabout and the rebuilding of Abbey Bridge were in the geographical area he covered. He was not involved in designing, managing or delivering either of these schemes, merely keeping an observational brief. I'm not sure what his current role is, but to suggest that the Hoo Brook Link Road will be a another failing on his part is incorrect and appears to be built on incorrect facts and supposition from his previous role.

Mr Fullee is a highways officer who is very professional at what he does and endeavors to do his best within the parameters and varying demands of the public and councillors he works within, but it seems that because some people were either not accepting of some of his decisions or answers, or instead believing incorrect comments in the press, he has been the target of what I can only describe as abuse. Such comments are hurtful and demoralising, but sadly mud sticks and people believe what they read and I won't be surprised if Mr Fullee's professionalism and reputation have been irreversibly damaged. And the same goes to other staff who are subject to similar comments.

People are entitled to make public comments and have their opinions about others, even they're negative comments, but to do a public character assassination based on incorrect information about what they do is wrong. I am pleased the WN have removed the misleading comments.
A valid attempt to jump to the defence of Mr Fullee and try and exonerate him from all responsibility. However, as an area manager should he not have been managing and ensuring schemes are delivered on time, on budget and have been conceived in an appropriate manner? That's what area managers do. And if he had an "observational brief", why did he not observe the fact that the design of the Whittington roundabout was dangerous or that the rebuilding of Abbey Bridge was poorly conceived and the works were due to overrun? Any why was his, what now seems his then, line manager Mr Tom Comeford not intervening or making any efforts to try and right these errors? This is more telling when Mr Comerford is the highways officer who more or less pulls the strings and runs the department.
[quote][p][bold]MulsanneChap[/bold] wrote: Those who were deriding Mr Fullee, perhaps you'd like to get your facts right about what his role and responsibilities are within the highways department before making comments which are not only tarnishing his reputation and professionalism, but are also incorrect. Mr Fullee was effectively an area highways manager and it just so happened that the changes made to the Whittington roundabout and the rebuilding of Abbey Bridge were in the geographical area he covered. He was not involved in designing, managing or delivering either of these schemes, merely keeping an observational brief. I'm not sure what his current role is, but to suggest that the Hoo Brook Link Road will be a another failing on his part is incorrect and appears to be built on incorrect facts and supposition from his previous role. Mr Fullee is a highways officer who is very professional at what he does and endeavors to do his best within the parameters and varying demands of the public and councillors he works within, but it seems that because some people were either not accepting of some of his decisions or answers, or instead believing incorrect comments in the press, he has been the target of what I can only describe as abuse. Such comments are hurtful and demoralising, but sadly mud sticks and people believe what they read and I won't be surprised if Mr Fullee's professionalism and reputation have been irreversibly damaged. And the same goes to other staff who are subject to similar comments. People are entitled to make public comments and have their opinions about others, even they're negative comments, but to do a public character assassination based on incorrect information about what they do is wrong. I am pleased the WN have removed the misleading comments.[/p][/quote]A valid attempt to jump to the defence of Mr Fullee and try and exonerate him from all responsibility. However, as an area manager should he not have been managing and ensuring schemes are delivered on time, on budget and have been conceived in an appropriate manner? That's what area managers do. And if he had an "observational brief", why did he not observe the fact that the design of the Whittington roundabout was dangerous or that the rebuilding of Abbey Bridge was poorly conceived and the works were due to overrun? Any why was his, what now seems his then, line manager Mr Tom Comeford not intervening or making any efforts to try and right these errors? This is more telling when Mr Comerford is the highways officer who more or less pulls the strings and runs the department. DEMRICS

3:17pm Wed 18 Dec 13

DEMRICS says...

Andy_R wrote:
Perhaps if we knew who was responsible for the Whittington roundabout fiasco, the Surface Dressing fiasco, the Abbey Bridge fiasco, both the multi million pound bus lane to nowhere fiascos, the giving another contract to people who continually botch pothole repairs fiasco and the sneaky sell-off of land for an unnecessary left turn lane from Bath Road at the Ketch fiasco, and we also knew that they had been sacked, then we would't be looking for scapegoats?

The fact is that every single major decision about highways in this area for the last five years has been wrong, so people will inevitably be sceptical about this new scheme, and unless the highways department start accepting that they continually make massive mistakes, and get rid of the people responsible, then the public will inevitably try to find the culprits and do something about them for themselves.
The problem is that the highways department is incompetent. Fact. And the officers in this department who make ridiculous decisions and continuously deliver flawed schemes never hold their hands up to their mistakes. Fact. And sadly, these officers remain cocooned and protected within the depths of County Hall, so they will never become directly accountable to the public or be in a position where we can all call for heads to roll. We all know who the culprits are, but seemingly, there is nothing we can do about it.

Other council services are structured so people are accountable, and where staff can be made to resign, so why not the highways department?
[quote][p][bold]Andy_R[/bold] wrote: Perhaps if we knew who was responsible for the Whittington roundabout fiasco, the Surface Dressing fiasco, the Abbey Bridge fiasco, both the multi million pound bus lane to nowhere fiascos, the giving another contract to people who continually botch pothole repairs fiasco and the sneaky sell-off of land for an unnecessary left turn lane from Bath Road at the Ketch fiasco, and we also knew that they had been sacked, then we would't be looking for scapegoats? The fact is that every single major decision about highways in this area for the last five years has been wrong, so people will inevitably be sceptical about this new scheme, and unless the highways department start accepting that they continually make massive mistakes, and get rid of the people responsible, then the public will inevitably try to find the culprits and do something about them for themselves.[/p][/quote]The problem is that the highways department is incompetent. Fact. And the officers in this department who make ridiculous decisions and continuously deliver flawed schemes never hold their hands up to their mistakes. Fact. And sadly, these officers remain cocooned and protected within the depths of County Hall, so they will never become directly accountable to the public or be in a position where we can all call for heads to roll. We all know who the culprits are, but seemingly, there is nothing we can do about it. Other council services are structured so people are accountable, and where staff can be made to resign, so why not the highways department? DEMRICS

3:19pm Wed 18 Dec 13

DEMRICS says...

TheRealFacts wrote:
Worcester needs new links with Stourport like a hole in the head! Have the councel not seen the atrocious traffic levels around the new bridge and leading up to Whittington and to the motorway? That is where investment is needed!
This is the highways department, where common sense does not prevail and where money is squandered on projects that are unnecessary, not a priority or are poorly conceived. Still, why should they worry on their extortionate salaries.
[quote][p][bold]TheRealFacts[/bold] wrote: Worcester needs new links with Stourport like a hole in the head! Have the councel not seen the atrocious traffic levels around the new bridge and leading up to Whittington and to the motorway? That is where investment is needed![/p][/quote]This is the highways department, where common sense does not prevail and where money is squandered on projects that are unnecessary, not a priority or are poorly conceived. Still, why should they worry on their extortionate salaries. DEMRICS

3:55pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Hwicce says...

Having looked at the plans - http://www.worcester
shire.gov.uk/cms/pdf
/Hoobrook%20Link%20R
oad%20-%20LPPF%20Bid
%20(Annex%202%20-%20
Scheme%20Drawings).p
df

It's a very odd road. Phase 1 (£4.9m) is all on the old British Sugar site. Why aren't the landowners funding this as it's their land and I'm sure they'll benefit from the better access to their site?

The Phase 2 bit (£7.5m) will just dump everyone on the Worcester Road between the two petrol stations and the railway viaduct.

It seems to be a road from nowhere to nowhere. Am I missing something?
Having looked at the plans - http://www.worcester shire.gov.uk/cms/pdf /Hoobrook%20Link%20R oad%20-%20LPPF%20Bid %20(Annex%202%20-%20 Scheme%20Drawings).p df It's a very odd road. Phase 1 (£4.9m) is all on the old British Sugar site. Why aren't the landowners funding this as it's their land and I'm sure they'll benefit from the better access to their site? The Phase 2 bit (£7.5m) will just dump everyone on the Worcester Road between the two petrol stations and the railway viaduct. It seems to be a road from nowhere to nowhere. Am I missing something? Hwicce

5:49pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Andy_R says...

Hwicce is right, from those plans It certainly looks like a road to nowhere. Phase 1 without phase 2 would be totally pointless, and whoever bought the site should definitely have to pay for it themselves.
Hwicce is right, from those plans It certainly looks like a road to nowhere. Phase 1 without phase 2 would be totally pointless, and whoever bought the site should definitely have to pay for it themselves. Andy_R

7:09pm Wed 18 Dec 13

brooksider says...

More rubbish from the Council, this road does nothing to improve the road network in 'North Worcestershire'.
With 4,000 dwellings plus 'office accommodation' this road will merely put extra pressure on already over crowded roads.
The A442 is already at a stand still at peak times, this road will just end up a car park.
This plan will bring Kidderminster and probably Stourport to total gridlock.
More rubbish from the Council, this road does nothing to improve the road network in 'North Worcestershire'. With 4,000 dwellings plus 'office accommodation' this road will merely put extra pressure on already over crowded roads. The A442 is already at a stand still at peak times, this road will just end up a car park. This plan will bring Kidderminster and probably Stourport to total gridlock. brooksider

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