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Subject: SchNEWS 481, Friday 21st January, 2005
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2005 13:49:40 -0000

direct action stops Linslade Bypass construction

Mothers Of Invention

In a direct action protest run entirely by locals, the carnage to make way for the Linslade bypass between Milton Keynes and Aylesbury has been stopped since last Monday. It's taken a group of 40 mothers and kids to defend the land against the combined efforts of contractors Fitzpatricks, Homegrown Timber Ltd and the police as they try to drag the digging equipment onto the site to begin work. And the destruction wouldn't just end with the road as this is one of the Government's "growth areas", with Milton Keynes set to have 44,000 new houses by 2021 and Aylesbury 15,000.

Two women have been arrested and charged with Aggravated Trespass for chaining themselves to a digger. Bailed not to go near the Bypass route, they have a preliminary court hearing on Jan 28th, and hope to use the trial to call the legality of the scheme into question.

Road Block claims there are around 200 road schemes planned countrywide, forming a roads programme to rival the Conservatives' 'Roman-style' programme of the early 1990s.

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