MORE than 1,000 people have had their say on controversial plans to redevelop the A50 in and around Uttoxeter.
The development will be split into two separate projects, each requiring their own planning permission.
Project A involves the installation of a new junction to service the recently-approved 700-home housing estate on land west of Uttoxeter.
Project B will see roundabouts at Derby Road and McDonalds removed and flyovers installed for motorists travelling across the A50.
Much of the A50 carriageway around town will be extended to accommodate three lanes.
Many residents have responded negatively to the proposals, which will see 37 businesses lose land under compulsory purchase orders.
Three families will also completely lose their homes and the council will buy up land belonging to scores of other homeowners in town.
And recent public consultation events saw 900 people attend to see the plans and share their views with project bosses.
Another 350 Uttoxeter residents formally responded to Staffordshire County Council’s written consultation on the development.
Commenting on Facebook, Debz Whiston said: “I live Badgery Close and there are potential proposals to acquire some of my back garden.
“I’m not sure of the full impact on myself & my neighbours yet but I’m sure it will include 18 months of increased roadworks noise day and night, more noise from the inevitable increase in vehicles using the three-lane carriageway and, of course, we will almost certainly have to fight our way out of the close into New Road once traffic is diverted that way.
“I’m not against improvement at all if it benefits the town but I see potential difficulties for us for the foreseeable future.”
Council chiefs say the move will create 8,000 jobs, serve 1,800 new homes, reduce congestion and improve road safety.
But they have not developed any concrete plans as to where traffic can be diverted during construction.
The £40 million project was revealed shortly after JCB announced expansion plans.
Staffordshire County Council economy chief Mark Winnington said: “These two projects will support businesses and communities right along the A50 delivering growth, jobs and investment along the corridor linking the East and West Midlands.
“These projects are excellent news for communities and businesses alike and will also cut congestion, reduce journey times and help improve safety on this busy trunk road too.
“I am delighted so many people have taken the time to share their views and their input will help shape the proposals when we submit the planning application for the first project next month.”
If planning permission is granted, work on Project A is expected to begin in December.
A planning application for Project B will be considered ‘at a later date’.
More information is available online at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/a50growthcorridor.