Green light for lor­ries a ‘com­pro­mise’

Per­mis­sion granted for early start with con­di­tions put in place to ap­pease neigh­bours

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CON­CERNS over the num­ber of lor­ries that drive through a vil­lage were raised as a de­mo­li­tion business was granted per­mis­sion to work in the early hours.

Per­mis­sion was granted for Drom­e­nagh Farm, in Sevenhills Road, Iver, to use its rear yard, barn and ac­cess road as a mixed use for de­mo­li­tion and haulage con­trac­tors.

The site had an ‘ex­ten­sive’ plan­ning and en­force­ment his­tory ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cers.

An en­force­ment no­tice in 2009, and amended un­der ap­peal in 2011, re­quired the company to cease us­ing the site as a haulage yard, though this was not com­plied with.

The ap­pli­ca­tion that was heard by South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 1, asked for per­mis­sion again.

Of­fi­cers

rec­om­mended it for ap­proval say­ing the own­ers would ‘go to ap­peal again’ and this way there was a com­pro­mise in terms of times of op­er­a­tion.

The agreed times were from 5.30am to 8.30am, as the owner ar­gued vans and lor­ries had to travel long dis­tances and needed an early start.

How­ever, Iver coun­cil­lor Wendy Matthews said there was an on­go­ing is­sue with the num­ber of HGVs driv­ing through the vil­lage and that some­thing should be done to min­imise this.

She said: “It is a huge prob­lem in the roads in and around Iver. It’s in our core strat­egy to try to cut down the num­ber and this is a chance to do that.”

How­ever, the com­mit­tee was urged by of­fi­cers to see this as a com­pro­mise.

The com­mit­tee gave per­mis­sion sub­ject to high­ways ap­proval, but limited the times of op­er­a­tion and put in a con­di­tion so the HGVs can only turn left away from homes to the right.

But Ms Matthews em­pha­sised more needed to be done to cut down the num­ber of HGVs, call­ing it a ‘bur­den’ on Iver.

Coun­cil­lor Jac­quetta Lowen-Cooper said: “I know that it is very an­noy­ing on a Satur­day morn­ing when you are wo­ken up by the lor­ries.

“It’s bad dur­ing the week but worse at week­ends. The con­di­tion would help that.”

What do you think? Should the num­ber of HGVs be re­stricted? Email buck­snews@ trin­i­tysouth.co.uk.

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