To open up Hardings Way in King's Lynn to more traffic is wrong
This would violate two agreements that have been signed – the £5.3 million CIF2 Funding Agreement and that with Sustrans, the National Cycle Network (NCN).
I have recently been able to view a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding between NCN and Norfolk County Council (NCC) signed when NCN provided a grant to surface Hardings Way to promote the use of the road by cyclists, walkers and provide a ‘safe route to school’ for children.
Clause 17 in the Appendix states that:"The applicant (NCC) shall not materially alter or change the use of, or sell, or dispose of all or part of the facilities except with the prior written permission of the NCN for twenty-five years from the opening of an NCN route or payment of the final instalment of the grant".
This means that no change of use can take place before 2029. Councils must honour their commitments.
Recently the Environment Agency have warned about building on flood plains. The Hardings Ways South Traffic Order is primarily in order to build access roads for housing. Hardings Way is in a primary inundation zone and was flooded in the great surge. So this equally should rule it out.