A 2012 Olympics road will slash 'Hardy Country'





Campaigners last night condemned the Government's approval of a £77 million road through a protected part of Hardy Country in Dorset.

Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, told Dorset county council she did not regard its road proposal as being in conflict with the rules on the protection of nationally significant landscapes or wildlife.

The 3.5-mile relief road between Dorchester and Weymouth will speed up traffic to the marina in Portland that will be used for the 2012 Olympics.

The road runs through a protected ancient woodland and will cut huge chalk gashes out of the Dorset Downs area of outstanding natural beauty.

The area is at the heart of the landscape made famous by Thomas Hardy's novels.


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