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EMBARGO TO 11.59 a.m WEDNESDAY 8 JANUARY 1997
SIR GEORGE YOUNG, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRANSPORT,
RECEIVES BELATED CHRISTMAS PRESENTS
Sir George Young, now known as the "Bulldozing Baronet" rather than the "Bicycling Baronet" as he styles himself, will be receiving visits to two of his country houses today Wednesday 8th January at noon. This action marks the anniversary of the start of clearance work on the Newbury Bypass. Sir George will be reminded that many road schemes are unpopular, environmentally destructive and unnecessary
Cookham near Maidenhead
A combined group of Reading Roadbusters, Reclaim the Streets and Newbury Bypass campaigners will be building a "road" through Sir George's garden at Cookham. Compulsory Purchase Orders will be posted at the house. Then "workers" will be carrying out initial construction work by laying a road across the lawn. There will be a "Bulldozing Baronet" banner dropped from the roof of Sir Georges house.
St Mary Bourne
Campaigners will be visiting the village of St Mary Bourne to present The Secretary of State for Transport, Sir George Young with an additional 1,000 postcards objecting to the Newbury Bypass at his Hampshire home. Banners will be held aloft by campaigners.This brings the total number of objections collected by Third Battle alone to at least twenty five thousand, besides the thousands already sent directly to Sir George. The additional cards highlight the continuing opposition despite the start of work on the bypass route. Demonstrators present will include those on day two of the Twyford/Newbury campaign connection walk. The walkers will arrive in Newbury on Thursday 9th January.