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From the Durham County Advertiser 50 years ago. –
7:45am Friday 11th May 2012 in Looking Back
From the Durham County Advertiser 50 years ago. – Disturbing rumours about the future effects on their lives of the proposed redevelopment plans for Durham City have made residents in the Milburngate area anxious and angry. At a lively meeting, earlier this week, with their three ward representatives, residents were given an assurance that their protests would be heard in the city council chamber and that a government enquiry is being sought. During the course of the two hour meeting with Councillors J C Williamson, J D Macrae and R E Coleman, in the Shakespeare Hall, most aspects of the new relief road came up for discussion. Particularly the effects it and allied development would have on Milburngate. Before the meeting was thrown open for discussion, Coun Williamson made some explanatory remarks to the 50 or so electors. He told them the demand for a relief road to serve Durham had existed for well over 30 years. “Many organisations including the City Chamber of Trade have rather criticised the council for making such slow progress towards this relief road but these matters must inevitably take time,” said Coun Williamson. Three parts of the cost of the road would be met by the Ministry of Transport and the remainder by the County Council, he said.