First, your headline was misleading in that the Water Meadows made famous by Constable in his painting are in no way threatened - these are at West Harnham. It is true that it is proposed to cross the Britford Water Meadows: these are little known and some of the area is occupied by the sewage works. Secondly, Mr Meacher is reported as saying that the by-pass would not solve the problems of the (Wyle Valley) villages. The Department of Transport's figures forecast an 85 per cent reduction in traffic through them - a very big difference.
Thirdly the article says that only 6 per cent of the vehicles entering the city are through traffic. This is incorrect - the figure given by the Department of Transport's survey carried out in 1990 is around 40 per cent. It is also certain that much local traffic would use the by- pass to reach the Salisbury General Hospital, the cattle market and the racecourse and so on, which all border its route.
Salisbury By-pass Supporters