GUEST COLUMN: Looking ahead to an ‘exciting’ year

Andrea Leadsom
Andrea Leadsom

The General Election is now fast approaching but before we get there, there is still a lot of work I want to do in the Treasury on building economic growth.

And in South Northamptonshire on issues you raise with me like road congestion and pot holes, as well as bigger issues around HS2 and planning.

I am delighted that before Christmas the Spring Farm Ridge wind farm was finally refused planning permission by Eric Pickles.  

You can rest assured I’ve thanked him profusely on behalf of residents for what we believe is totally the right decision.  

It marked years of tireless campaigning by the local community against the wind farm which would have been damaging to the local area and against the thoughts and feelings of the vast majority of local residents.

There have been various appeals by the developer but I sincerely hope that this is now the end of this saga and that talk of a wind farm in this area, and in other unsuitable areas, will now be a thing of the past.

Local Farthinghoe residents have recently come to see me to discuss the long-wished for Farthinghoe bypass.

I am keen to make some progress on this matter and have written to the County Council to ask for a review of the situation as well as the Chancellor to raise the matter with him.

I have also had the opportunity to raise this with the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership at a recent meeting to seek their support.

I am hopeful of receiving detailed replies soon and look forward to being able to update you further in due course.

It may be a new year but HS2 remains an issue for our area.

Affected residents who have petitioned will soon be given the chance to present their cases in front of the HS2 Select Committee.

This is a great opportunity for those affected to have their voices heard and I am hopeful of some positive outcomes.

The battle continues and my priorities are still to ensure effective mitigation.

It is likely to be an interesting and exciting year!