WHAT IS THE "ROAD TO RUIN"?
The North West Relief Road is a bypass for Shrewsbury that will link the northern and western parts of the town. It is costing £74 million and it is a FINANCIAL and ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER for Shropshire.
Local people across Shropshire are organising to stop it.. but we need your help!
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME?
Are you sitting down?
The road will cost Shropshire council taxpayers £17 million PLUS 100% of any overspend...
That is £17 million that could be spent across Shropshire investing in local services, public transport and local initiatives. If you live in Bishop's Castle, Ludlow, Oswestry, Whitchurch or any other Shropshire town or village, tough luck. You will personally be paying a minimum of £117 in council tax for four miles of road in Shrewsbury... (and you'll be paying even more if it goes over budget)
WHY IS IT A "ROAD TO RUIN"?
Shropshire Council is facing bankruptcy. Bad investments like shopping centres and the impact of the floods and the Covid-19 pandemic means the council is close to going broke. It can't afford to spend £17m on a new road for Shrewsbury, nor can it afford to be on the hook for any overspend costs or any legal challenges that the road will bring.
But the road in't just a financial disaster. It's an environmental disaster too...
The NWRR will cut through the heart of Shropshire countryside, destroying precious wildlife habitats and pumping tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. How much? No one knows because the council hasn't commissioned an audit!
It will lead to increased traffic - studies show that more roads lead to more cars, especially since the council plans to create housing developments along the NWRR. There are many simpler, cheaper and more effective ways to reduce congestion in Shrewsbury.