Bedale councillors call on Highways chiefs to reconsider objections to builder's yard plan (From The Northern Echo)
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Blocked plan could cause traffic chaos in Bedale
ANGRY councillors have called on highways bosses to think again as a traffic row threatens the heart of Bedale.
North Yorkshire County Council Highways Department is objecting to plans to extend the entrance to a builder's yard on Wycar because it will involve lifting one way restrictions on a six foot section of road.
But builders merchant J T Atkinson, backed by the Town Council, says it will be safer allowing large wagons to reverse into the site rather than unload in the middle of the road.
They first moved onto the site in 1966, but as delivery wagons have increased in size it’s caused mounting problems for residents concerned about safety and congestion.
The company had applied for planning permission to widen the access, with HGV’s reversing in guided by staff.
Bedale Town Council is supporting the planning application which will be decided by Hambleton District Council and have called on Highways to reconsider its objections.
Mayor Coun Amanda Coates said:”This is absolute nonsense, widening the entrance and reversing the wagons in makes total sense, it would be so much safer for everyone. This company have bent over backwards to sort this out and yet Highways won’t reconsider.
“I am absolutely disgusted that this has come back to the council, we need to encourage and support companies in our market town.”
Edwin Atkinson, managing director of the company, said: "Surely anyone with an ounce of commonsense can see which is the safer option.
"We own the land we want to use, we will do the work, we are talking about moving a one way sign less than six feet and that would make the whole operation safer for residents and easier for us, but Highways just seem to be digging their heels in.
“It is hard to know what we can do, the size of the delivery wagons is dictated by our suppliers, we try to use local people as far as we possibly can, it just wouldn’t be practicable to unload them out of town and put everything on smaller wagons to bring in,” he added.
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