All  about  WC's  would-be  Westbury  Wilts  A350  Bypass    
  ...  with  a  route  in  the  wrong  area,  on  the  wrong  side  of  the  town  

... why an eastern bypass ...? ... why route the A350 through the best countryside ...? ... a scheme which was all wrong ...

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Unlike all other industries in Westbury, the cement works was on the east side. This was because Blue Circle was given permission to extract chalk in a quarry on the top of the escarpment and to dig out clay from the bottom.   These are constituents of cement.    It seemed reasonable, at the time, to site the works near to raw materials to be extracted.     Thus an ugly factory was in the midst of a beautiful area.    It was justified at the time by the employment provided.

But, making of cement here has now ceased.   Hardly any people are employed on the east of Westbury, compared with some three thousand jobs on the west.

It had been assumed that the ugly cement works would go after its use ran out.

Yet as part of the Wiltshire (County) Council eastern Westbury bypass scheme, a new access road was still to be built to the now run-down cement works site.

This would have made the site a permanent feature.    The A350 bypass would have been near to the cement works site.   W(C)C's eastern highway over the adjacent railway was to be 8.5m high.   Lorries would have been seen for miles.

Eastern bypass adherents are left effectively supporting the perpetuation of the cement works site as an industrial estate as part of a Wiltshire Council concept.

All along, some saw a new road as a strategy to fully develop the eastern side. Whilst the industrial area and the railway station on the west are neglected.

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