PUBLISHED: 09:10 29 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:59 29 April 2017
A recommendation to re-route part of the A47 through the Norfolk countryside has been met with fierce backlash by campaigners.
Highways England is proposing to dual a section of the road between Blofield and North Burlingham, east of Norwich.
Earlier in April, it presented Broadland District Council’s cabinet with four options for the new dual carriageway as part of a “high level” consultation.
During the meeting, cabinet members agreed to support option three – to build a new route across fields south of the existing A47.
But Catherine Blaiklock, whose guest house on Lingwood Road would be affected by the scheme, said it would have a “catastrophic” impact on the countryside.
“Route three is the worst out of all of the options,” she said. “It is going to destroy hundreds of acres of wildlife and farmland.
There is also a vast area of footpaths that Lingwood [parish council] paid to put in, and this route will smash them to pieces.”
Ms Blaiklock has formed a local action group opposing the route, and claims to have collected 100 signatures objecting to it.
She also claimed people living in the village of Lingwood did not receive any leaflets about a public consultation for the plans.
But Highways England said people had been invited to a public event at Lingwood Village Hall on March 29.
Cabinet members were presented with four different options for the route between Blofield and North Burlingham.
Parish council representatives speaking at the meeting expressed concern about the first two routes, which they felt would “split” Burlingham in…