Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 137 - 139)




  137. Good afternoon gentlemen. May I ask you please to identify yourselves?
  (Mr Thomas) Shaun Thomas, General Manager with English Nature.
  (Mr Gilliland) Paul Gilliland. I am in the Maritime Team.
  (Mr Markham) My name is David Markham. I am English Nature's Transport and Operations Adviser.

  138. Do you have anything you want to say to us first?
  (Mr Thomas) No, we are quite happy to take questions unless a quick word about English Nature would be of help to the Committee.

  139. We have the greatest admiration for English Nature and we have the advantage of our sister committee with comes up with very useful information about what you are doing. May I ask what evidence you have that the environmental objectives are being complied with by the Highways Agency?
  (Mr Thomas) It is fair to say that over recent years there have not been as many road schemes as perhaps in previous years and indeed the Ten-Year Plan will prove to be a great test of the environmental objectives part of the Highways Agency and other deliverers of transport schemes. The evidence which we quote at the moment is that we have seen evidence of some schemes coming forward, one very recently, the A30 Bodmin/Indian Queens development where in fact the Highways Agency have taken a very innovative approach and in the end after negotiations between ourselves and other local providers, have come up with by far the most environmentally sustainable option and indeed are promoting that one solely, I believe.

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