OBJECTORS to a controversial link road that is proposed to cut across the edge of Bodmin's Priory Park have been assured their concerns will be noted.
Cornwall Council received two petitions from residents with a total of 2,030 signatures, urging it to scrap any plans for the road from Priory Road to St Nicholas Street.
The council says the petitions will form part of the response to the overall Bodmin Town Framework document, and officers have now been told to assess other possible transport options which will be put to residents when a further consultation exercise takes place in September.
If the council decides to abandon the Priory Park link road due to public opposition, one option being looked at is to resurrect another controversial road plan – the Northern Relief Road which will connect Callywith with Dennison Road.
The framework aims at establishing the future strategy for the town, including infrastructure requirements for the growth and regeneration of Bodmin.
These include 3,000 new houses built over the next 20 years, plus 16,500 sq m of new employment space. The local authority says the link road option was put forward as a solution to various issues, including poor air quality in the town centre, and enabling the pedestrianisation of the town centre, plus improved access to St Petroc's Primary School.
Cornwall councillor for Bodmin St Petroc's, Steve Rogerson, said he was delighted that the local authority was working on a strategy to regenerate the town, and that the concerns of residents about the Priory Park link Road would be considered.
He said: "I actually think the Northern Relief Road may be the answer, although I know it is not popular with everyone.
"It would speed up visitor traffic to places like Wadebridge and Padstow without the need for them to come through Bodmin.
"It would be a very expensive option, and that may rule it out, but I am pleased council officers are now looking at alternatives."
The council's Matthew Brown, a planning officer who is leading the delivery of the Bodmin proposals, said: "The intention of the work is to address residents' concerns and questions .
"Officers from Planning, Transportation and Localism met with Dan Rogerson, MP, together with three of the four local Cornwall Council members on May 17 to discuss the Town Framework and the transportation proposals.
"Furthermore, a meeting is to be held with the town council this month to discuss the outcome of the public consultation and outline the next steps."