Burslem Regeneration

It appears the much anticipated Burslem South East Link Road, is now in doubt due to funding issues.

The South East Link Road was planned to link Waterloo Road up to Moorland Road and remove throught traffic from Burslem Town Centre, helping to start the regeneration of Burslem and the re-development of the Royal Doulton site.

A report to Cabinet on 24th March asks that Members work at “identifying alternative more affordable options to the South East Link Road whilst still facilitating the regeneration aspirations for the town centre”, also in doubt is the less high profile Benitlee to Hanley Link Road through the City Waterside Development, which may now be out shone by the Bus Corridor and traffic management plans of the “StreetCar” project.

The £4.5million Funding for the South East Link Road was approved by Cabinet on July 22nd 2009, then I ask Councillors why this scheme had been chosen as a priority, Cllr Ross Irving Replied “Funding for the Burslem South East Link Road was approved by the City Council at the budget setting meeting as part of its Medium Term Financial Strategy in February 2008. Subsequently a decision was taken by the City Council’s Cabinet on the 8 July 2009 to:-

– progress the Burslem South East Link Road through to the Public Consultation Stage,

– enter into detailed negotiations regarding land acquisition,

– seek planning permission where necessary, and

– advertise appropriate highway notices.

Funding for this scheme was always intended to be principally using City Council funding for the land acquisition and construction costs

Less then 12 months later Cabinet are having second thoughts, Why What has happen to the orginal £4.5million earmarked for the scheme where has it been spent?

I’ll be asking local councillors their views and update with any replies.