An official from the department, which had an extra pounds 1bn for roads announced on Wednesday, wrote to the council: 'I must express my surprise and disappointment. I do not think I can recall another occasion when an authority has received a transport supplementary grant for their first priority major scheme only to so radically reverse their decision one month later.'
Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors joined forces to vote down the proposed pounds 6.5m Woodstock bypass, for which the pounds 3m grant had been offered. Because of spending restrictions, the project would have meant cuts in spending on services.
Dr George Gandy, a solicitor who has co-ordinated opposition to the bypass, said: 'We are delighted by the decision.'Reuse content