Last week the County Council announced its intention to reject £15m of Housing Infrastructure Funding, jeopardising the southern section of the relief road.
Following the shock announcement, Cllr Joe Orson, Leader of Melton Borough Council called upon the County Council to rethink its plan and not break its promise to the people of Melton when it meets to consider the issue at today's Cabinet meeting.
Since launching the petition 7 days ago, the public response has been incredible, and over 2,200 people have signed, with their voices joined by the Leaders of 5 other District Councils, the MP for Rutland and Melton, and now the RH Robert Jenrick MP, MCHLG Secretary of State also urging the County Council to reconsider their plans.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Joe Orson in front of County Hall. Photo: Supplied.
In a final letter delivered alongside the petition to County Hall today, Cllr Orson made it clear that “no-one wants you to do what you are proposing”, and reiterated the Borough Council’s offer to work with them, the prospective developers and government agencies to secure the money and deliver the road.
The petition can still be found and signed here:http://chng.it/hbWZKv6Crv
The topic is to be discussed at a County Council meeting from 2pm this afternoon. You can watch the meeting live here.