Local MP Andrew Bingham is this week urging all residents of Glossop to make their voice heard when the public consultation on the Mottram Relief Road and Glossop Spur Road starts on Monday 13 March.

Following the awareness event held in Hollingworth last October, Andrew has pressured Highways England into holding an additional public exhibition in Glossop during the consultation period, as well as ones to be held in Mottram, Hattersley, Hollingworth and Tankersley.

The consultation period will run from Monday 13 March to Friday 7 April, and the public exhibitions will be held at the following locations:

•    Sat 18 March, 12noon-6pm - Mottram Community Centre
•    Wed 22 March, 12noon-6pm - Tankersley Welfare Hall
•    Fri 24 March, 2pm-8pm - Bradbury House, Glossop
•    Sat 25 March, 11am-7pm - Tesco Hattersley
•    Sat 1 April, 10am-6pm - St Mary's Church, Hollingworth

Andrew will be at the Glossop exhibition for the whole of the time from 2pm until 8pm on Friday 24 March, so that he is available to answer any questions that people may have for him.

He said:

"Having pushed Highways England to hold an additional public exhibition in Glossop, I'd strongly urge everyone to come along, view the proposals and make their views known. If you can't get to the Glossop event, I'd ask you to attend one of the other events.

"It is also vitally important that everyone takes five minutes to fill in the consultation document, which I will provide a link to from the front page of my website as soon as the consultation starts on Monday 13 March.

"Whilst the Glossop Spur and Mottram Relief Roads are committed to and will happen, I want to demonstrate the strength of feeling there is for the scheme, as well as the real need for an extension around Hollingworth and Tintwistle.

"We can only do this if everyone in Glossopdale responds to the consultation, so I'd not only urge people to respond to it, but also share it with friends, family and colleagues, on Facebook, on social media, down the pub, and anywhere they can. We need a huge response to this consultation, and I'm sure that together, we can provide that."

"I share the frustration felt by all of us over how long this is taking, and I also want the committed scheme extending. I am continually badgering the Secretary of State about it, but if everyone possible in the Glossop area fills in a consultation form or attends one of the events it will help me enormously to impress on both the Ministers and the officials that we need the full bypass and we need it now."

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