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Success for Rearsby bypass campaign!

There was good news for Rearsby's bypass compaigners on 14 December. Government minister Paddy Tipping came to the village to tell residents that £6 million had been earmarked for the Rearsby bypass in the newly announced transport plan. The money is part of a £30 million package for Leicestershire.

Government Minister Paddy Tipping announcing the news to Rearsby residents in the Methodist Church Hall. With him are government officials and members of Leicestershire County Council. Seated far left is Brian Frodsham, Chairman of Rearsby Bypass Action Committee

The new road, which will be under way by 2003, will bypass Rearsby and East Goscote cutting traffic through the villages.

There was also reassurance for Rearsby's residents regarding Lafarge Redland's proposed sand and gravel quarry at Brooksby. During a question and answer session following the announcement, the minister noted Leicestershire County Council's commitment in their mineral plan that there should be no quarry at until the bypass is in place.

However, we are not there yet and the campaigners will be keeping up the pressure on Leicestershire County Council until the work actually starts. Speaking to the Melton Times, Terry Ainge said: "We will still resist any new developments in Rearsby and Melton until a bypass is completed".

Terry also said it is the people of Rearsby and East Goscote who deserve the credit for getting this funding. "They have campaigned long and hard in foul and fair weather to make their feelings known".

We will keep you posted of developments!

Looking back over the campaign

Brian Frodsham shows Paddy Tipping (centre), Mike Preston (Leics CC) and Matthew O'Callaghan (Melton BC) a collage of all the press coverage the bypass campaign has had over the last nine months.