On Thursday of last week I was delighted to welcome many local residents, local businessmen and women and members of the local council to meet Shona Johnstone, strategic studies policy lead for future roads at the Department for Transport. She is collating the responses to the feasibility study for the dualling of the A69 and part of that is engagement with local residents. We spoke for over 90 minutes and took a multitude of Q and A. Shona certainly got the message that we want the road dualled! I am very confident that we gave a good account of ourselves as the room in Haltwhistle was packed with standing room only at the back and a wide variety of voices and opinions were heard. I will update with more info in the next 7 days as to how residents input further in to the feasibility study. My thanks for Councillor Ian Hutchinson for all his help in getting this sorted and leading the local campaign.