Residents’ angered by road closure plans - COMMENT ON THIS STORY

Peter Hemmerman with Red house lane residents
Peter Hemmerman with Red house lane residents

CONTROVERSIAL plans to close a road in Market Weighton has angered residents who claim it will “put lives in danger”.

Commercial vehicle dealer Britcom International, of York Road, wants to take control of 1.4 hectares of land, which is currently an agricultural holding known as Burma Farm, across from its existing site.

Part of Red House Lane, between the A1079 and York Road, is included in the application site and will be permanently closed if planners at East Riding Council approve the proposals.

As a result, residents who live on Red House Lane on the south side of the A1079 would no longer be able to cut across the bypass. Instead, they would have to turn right to get to Market Weighton which would sometimes mean having to wait in the middle of the busy road.

This includes several farmers who drive tractors with trailers out of the junction.

John May is one farmer who lives on Red House Lane. He said: “It is going to put lives in danger. Would you like to sit in the middle of the A1079 with a tractor and trailer?

“Everybody [on Red House Lane] has written to the council [East Riding] to object.”

Another Red House Lane farmer, Julian Floyd, said: “We never turn right off the main road. We always go straight across.

“It is not safe to be sat there. It’s on a bend.”

Margaret Oakes said: “How can they sell a right of way.

“My only way of getting to Market Weighton is to walk down Red House Lane. There’s no pavement on the 1079.”

Mayor of Market Weighton, Councillor Peter Hemmerman, says residents have made him aware of their concerns.

He said: “Residents have expressed serious concerns over the removal, which would mean that in order for them to turn right from the York direction they would have to stand on a fast section of the road which is on a bend and partially unsighted. At present they can wait to cross the bypass from the safety of the lane.”

Coun Hemmerman also says some residents are worried about their children cycling to school if the road is closed.

“Some of the residents’ children use the lane to cycle to school in relative safety, but its removal would mean they would have to cycle along part of the A1079 which is comparatively more dangerous.”

The mayor has written to Wolds Weighton ward councillors to inform them about the situation.

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He told them: “I believe they have a valid point and we should not allow this development in its present form which could result in more loss of life on this already dangerous section of road.

“Having viewed the plans I can see no reason why the Britcom development cannot take place retaining the road as a public thoroughfare and its removal is more for their convenience rather than necessity.”

According to the planning application, Britcom wants to change the use of land for the re-conditioning, storage and sale of vehicles, plant, and machinery

It claims closing Red House Lane is “a measure of improving the safety of pedestrians leaving and entering the narrow lane.”

Residents have until 27 September to tell the local authority what they think of the proposals.