asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (1) whether he is aware that the proposed widening of corners of roads at Hatfield, near Doncaster, will increase the danger from heavy traffic to pedestrians, will disfigure the village and damage historic property; and whether he will suspend the work while further investigating the local position;
(2) when it is intended to start work on the by-pass to the village of Hatfield, near Doncaster, for which land was acquired 27 years ago.
The purpose of the proposed improvements in Hatfield is to improve the safety and movement of traffic and pedestrians. They do not involve the demolition of any buildings. In view of local difficulties, we are considering whether it is possible to expedite the scheme for the by-pass.
In the meantime, will the Parliamentary Secretary undertake to abandon the scheme for felling trees, removing footpaths and daubing the walls with black and white paint, which will disfigure this very pleasant village? Can he give any indication when the by-pass will be started?
No. I cannot do more than say that, because of the local difficulties about making these road widenings and improvements, we are considering again when the by-pass could be built.