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More say they are blue about roundabout plan; MP WADES INTO THE ROW OVER PROPOSED CHANGES.

Byline: Dan O'Donoghue Local Government Reporter dan.odonoghue@trinitymirror.com @DanChronicle

A SECOND MP has waded into the row over Newcastle City Council's proposal to build a "mega-roundabout" on part of Town Moor.

Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell has added her support to the thousands of residents and cyclists united against a plan to replace Blue House roundabout with a new, larger junction.

On Monday, Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah spoke out against the draft proposal saying that the Newcastle of the future "shouldn't need a mega-roundabout".

Ms McKinnell said that she had been contacted by a number of constituents all concerned by the council's plan.

She said: "I fully share the concerns that have been raised by my constituents on this matter, and particularly that the scheme proposed appears totally disproportionate both in terms of its scale and the impact it will have on the local area.

"I am concerned that residents in my constituency and especially around Moorfield which overlooks Little Moor will lose green space which they and many other local residents currently enjoy."

Ms McKinnell also highlighted the council's consultation period, which runs until August 21, saying it was too short.

She said: "I am very concerned that the period for reviewing the responses received is very short - only a few weeks - and will further add to constituents fears that the consultation and engagement exercise is not a genuine one."

The scheme proposed totally disproportionate both in terms scale and impact " She concluded: "I would reiterate that I am deeply concerned about the proposals as they currently stand and look forward to hearing that they will be sinificantly amended in line with the view being very clearly expressed by local residents."

Ms McKinnell's condemnation adds weight to the 2,300 residents who have so far signed a petition against the proposal.

The draft proposals for Blue House show a new roundabout built 50m north of the current one, with more lanes and intelligent traffic signals to smooth traffic flow.

The council says that, by building a new junction on Town Moor land, they can increase capacity on the roundabout and include separate cycle lanes, bus lanes and improved pedestrian crossings.

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