M1 A6 Link Road from CPRE website

CPRE Bedfordshire is “delighted” that Crispin Truman has joined its campaign to stop the A6-M1 Link Road

Crispin Truman OBE, chief executive of CPRE, the countryside charity, has taken the step of writing personally to:

  • James Jamieson, leader of Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Hilary Chiping, chief executive of SEMLEP
  • Grant Shapps, MP, Secretary of State for Transport

Asking them to reconsider their support for the A6 – M1 Link Road which will slice through the southern edge of the Bedfordshire Chilterns AONB. This, CPRE Bedfordshire said, would cause untold damage to this landscape.

The complete length of the road and accompanying infrastructure will be entirely within the Green Belt and beside two ancient woodlands.

Crispin decided to write the open letter to reinforce the fact that the Bedfordshire Chilterns AONB is a landscape and environment of national importance and not simply a local matter as stated by Robert Jenrick, MP, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he refused to “call-in for review”, Central Bedfordshire Council’s (CBC) decision to grant Planning Permission.

Crispin has also pointed out that Government appointed Inspectors raised serious concerns regarding the need for the new road during the examination of CBC’s new Local Plan 2035.

CPRE Bedfordshire said that if this link road goes ahead, it will be an “act of environmental vandalism on a national scale”.

CPRE Open letter page 1
CPRE Open letter page 2