Letter: Nature and the Salisbury bypass

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your report "Bypass cost to nature is too high" (19 March) suggests that the Highways Agency has backed English Nature in saying that the impacts of the Salisbury bypass are unacceptably high from a nature conservation point of view. That is not so. The Highways Agency has submitted a factual report on various matters referred to it by the Secretaries of State. This includes in an appendix a report by English Nature, but the Highways Agency has expressed no opinion on English Nature's views, apart from on purely technical matters.

Copies of the agency's report will now be sent to interested parties to allow them to comment.

Sir GEORGE YOUNG

Secretary of State for Transport

Department of Transport

London SW1

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