‘ANSWERS are needed’ was the rallying cry of a councillor after it was revealed that a bypass which will alleviate traffic problems was delayed yet again.
Kath Lauro, who represents the Linton division on Derbyshire County Council. spoke out after the Mail revealed that work on the Walton bypass would not resume until 2014 – leaving the project a minimum of one year behind schedule since work began in 2011.
The Labour councillor has vowed to meet with council chiefs in a bid to get to the bottom of the problems with the project which has spanned nearly a decade since it was first mooted.
She told the Mail: “We are no nearer on the project, that is something I can say.
“One thing that is clear is that answers are needed on why this project continues to stall and members of the public have a right to know what is going on.
“We all understand that we have had bad weather and financial troubles have rocked the country during the past few years but things still need addressing.
“I will aim to meet with council chiefs to try to get a handle about what is going on and to get some clear answers.”
Mrs Lauro spoke out after bosses confirmed to the Mail that work on a multi-million pound project to build a new crossing over the River Trent would not resume until 2014 at the earliest.
Drakelow Developments Ltd said no more work could be undertaken on a new bypass around Walton on Trent until further progress was made on the early phases of the nearby 2,200-home Drakelow Park site.
Legal problems and bad winter weather have been blamed for major delays, with the first phase of the bypass only just being completed.
Chris Chatfield, from Drakelow Developments Ltd, said: “The next phase of Walton bypass will come forward in accordance with the planning permission and early phases of the Drakelow Park development.”
The bypass around Walton is set to reduce the 8,000 vehicles, including 300 lorries, which travel through the village and surrounding roads.
It is eventually set to see a multi-lane road built to connect the A38 and Walton Road, spanning the River Trent. Work on the project started eight-and-a-half years after plans were first outlined.