Demolition of a farm near Melton is about to begin in the early stages of creating a new relief road around the north and east of the town. The four and a half mile ‘distribution route’ will eventually stretch from Nottingham Road, opposite St Bartholomew’s Way, to the A606 Burton Road, just north of Burton Lazars.
Work on the road itself is not expected to start until early next year and Leicestershire County Council is still awaiting government approval. But the demolition of Sysonby Farm has been authorized, and it will make way for a new roundabout.
Councilor Ozzy O’Shea, County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This enabling work is a very early stage in the road building programme. Major construction work won’t begin until early next year, but the road will bring a host of benefits to the Melton area by reducing congestion and helping to take traffic out of town.
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Later this year, archaeological studies will be carried out along the proposed route of the new single carriageway. During the same period, ecological works for the relocation of badgers will take place, as well as other preliminary works, such as the creation of access routes for vehicles and construction machinery, and the establishment of concessions. The distribution road is designed to divert traffic away from downtown Melton while creating road capacity for an additional 4,500 homes and space to create 6,000 jobs.