Stoke & Staffordshire

Campaigners to march through Leek over road layout plan

Hundreds of people are expected to march through a Staffordshire town after controversial plans to change its road layout were approved.

Staffordshire Moorlands Council agreed to allow the road system in Leek town centre to be changed to coincide with the development of a Sainsbury's store.

But campaigners said a new one-way road would cause lorries to use the town centre mistakenly and lead to chaos.

Sainsbury's said it was still having discussions with the council.

A Sainsbury's spokesman said: "As part of the normal post-planning process, Sainsbury's will be having further discussions with the council in relation to the approved highways proposals in Leek.

Rat run fears

"These will take place in due course and will include further public consultation to finalise the drawings for construction.

"Sainsbury's is fully aware of the local concerns."

On Saturday, protesters will march from the Swan Hotel car park to the site of the proposed new road, forming a circle around a roundabout.

In a recent non-binding referendum held in the town, 2,109 people voted against the plans while 583 supported them.

The turnout was 16.5% out of a total electorate of 16,276.

The council has said the new layout will help improve traffic flow and give access to the new store.

But some residents and campaigners have said they have fears that smaller routes could become rat runs for traffic.

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