A KEY inquiry into the controversial Cogges Link Road in Witney will resume today.

The hearing will decide whether Oxfordshire County Council can compulsorily purchase land for the road.

From 10am at the Methodist Church in High Street, Witney, the council will continue to present its case.

David Holgate QC, representing the council, will discuss noise, flooding and ecology aspects of the poroposed scheme.

The Mawle Trust, which owns land needed for the road and is against the scheme, will present its case from Thursday.

Members of campaign group Witney First, which is against the road, will speak from 6pm to 8pm tomorrow.

The Cogges Link Road aims to reduce congestion and pollution in Witney town centre and would run from Oxford Hill to Station Lane.

But those against the scheme say a four-way junction on the A40 at Shores Green is a better way of tackling the problems.

The inquiry, which started last Thursday, is set to last for a further eight days.