Leek road plan rejected in public vote

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Voters in a Staffordshire town have rejected plans for a new road layout in a public poll.

Staffordshire Moorlands council plans to change the road system in Leek town centre to coincide with the development of a new Sainsbury's store.

The district council wants to replace a roundabout with traffic lights near the Nicholson War Memorial under the plans.

A total of 2,109 people voted against the proposed changes in the non-binding referendum and 583 supported them.

Developers have been preparing to start work on a new out-of-town Sainsbury's store on the Churnet Works site near Leek.

The cost of the poll, estimated by the district council to be at least £14,000, is to be paid by Leek Town Council.

The turnout was 16.57% out of a total electorate of 16,276.

The council said its proposals would help to improve traffic flow and give access to the new store.

But some residents said they feared that could lead to smaller routes becoming rat runs for traffic.

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