Xscape now need to Xplain plans

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XSCAPE bosses will be put on the spot over traffic plans supporting controversial proposals to develop the complex.

A meeting of Milton Keynes Council’s development control committee will tonight discuss plans for a new high-rise hotel, casino, pink shopping parade and multi-storey car park, focusing on whether or not the city centre can cope with increased traffic.

Xscape officials will submit outline proposals to improve traffic access in the hope the plans will help secure official planning consent for the scheme and potentially the casino licence later this year.

However, protesters are objecting to traffic plans supporting the scheme which they claim are potentially dangerous.

The plans include introducing a new right-hand turn dissecting Secklow Gate, a move they claim will force motorists across oncoming traffic. Alternatively, they say motorists may be tempted or drive further up to the traffic lights and perform a U-turn.

Leader of Xplain, Linda Inoki, said: “Why should traffic in CMK be disrupted to service the overblown development plans of Xscape? Xscape have had two years to come up with better traffic plans and they’ve failed.

“They’re repeating the same old ideas but they just won’t work in a city like Milton Keynes. These traffic plans are a recipe for congestion, confusion and chaos. They should be thrown out along with the whole overbearing scheme which will ruin our spacious tree-lined boulevards.”

Xscape is one of many potential sites earmarked for the new city casino along with stadium:mk and Winterhill.

The meeting will be held tonight at the council’s civic offices with many people, including Linda expected to speak on the issues.