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Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 12:53:54 +0100
Subject: Save Swallow's Wood Campaign :: Autumn 2008 Newsletter

Save Swallow's Wood :: Autumn 2008 Newsletter

Inquiry Update

18 months since the inquiry started and almost three years since the first consultation on the bypass plans, the inquiry process continues to limp along getting nowhere fast. Having admitted to some monumental failures, the Highways Agency reckon their revised (and maybe even accurate!?) evidence will be published in May 2009. That means everything they've published to date will be revised and republished and -- we assume -- opened up to public consultation once again. As for the details, we can't tell you much more than that at the moment. What we can tell you is that we will be pushing for plenty of time to reconsider the new evidence when it arrives: the Highways Agency aren't rushing around so why should we!?

Upcoming Events

* November 2nd (Sunday) - Halloween Walk around Swallow's Wood with visiting Wild Food expert, Stephen Watts, and everyone's favourite local naturalist, Pat Ellison. Meet on Crossgate Lane (map), Tintwistle at 1.30pm.

* December 11th (Thursday) - Join us for our first official Save Swallow's Wood Christmas Party, including mulled wine, the Great Big Christmas Quiz with a great prize of a completely organic Unicorn Grocery hamper at stake, and live music too! 8pm start at the The Bulls Head, Tintwistle.

Other News

Costs increase to £315 million! Back in July, a Department for Transport review of road schemes published shocking new figures for the Mottram-Tintwistle bypass, now estimating the cost to come in somewhere between £223 and £315 million! That's a mind boggling amount of between £39,000 and £56,000 per metre! Read more in our press release.

If you think this is ludicrous, write to your MP, local councillor, or the local paper and tell them so!

Gordon's Reshuffle

We've got (yet another) new Transport Minister. This time it's Geoff Hoon's turn to give the job a go. He appears to knows as much about transport as the last incumbent, Ruth Kelly, duly demonstrating a total disregard for the environment by announcing Government approval for the expansion of Stansted airport in his first two weeks on the job. Our best hope is that new head of the Department for Energy and Climate, Ed Milliband, has a quiet word in his ear as soon as possible. Join us on Facebook!

We're on Facebook! If you're on Facebook joining the group is a great way of keeping in touch, finding out about events and news, sharing photographs, and just hanging out with our other supporters online. If you want to join the Save Swallow's Wood Facebook group, just search for Save Swallow's Wood and ask to join.

T-shirts still available

We still have a few of our limited edition t-shirts available--now on sale at £7.50 each!! E-mail for details.

Do you to get more involved?

Contrary to popular belief, those of us involved the campaign are just ordinary folk, holding down jobs by day and occasionally being organised enough to put on events and get campaigns off the ground. We meet regularly and would welcome some new faces at our meetings. If you would like to get more involved, please e-mail/call us to find out about times and dates. We would love to see you!!

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