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Council moves to quell bypass protest


BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY Council this week won a High Court order allowing it to evict anti-roads protesters from trees on the route of a £43M bypass project.

The council has urged the protesters to leave peacefully so that contractors can get on with tree clearance to make way for the 8km Stoke Hammond/Linslade bypass.

Contractor Fitzpatrick is currently clearing the site ahead of the award of the main contract in the spring.

But the project has been targeted by peaceful protests from people living near the route. Non-local groups have also joined in, breaching court orders to keep off the site.

Last week the council made moves to appease opponents with promises to improve local bus services and increase pedestrian safety on the bypass.

The measures were welcomed but protesters urged the council to guarantee that promises are kept. In particular they want the council to cut part of the route.

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