Wide load causes chaos after get­ting stuck at lights

Toy shop owner cel­e­brates first decade at town cen­tre premises

Leek Post & Times - - NEWS - By Les­lie Jack­son name.sur­name@reach­plc.com

A LEEK shop that spe­cialises in vin­tage toys cel­e­brates its 10th an­niver­sary this week.

Clas­sic Col­lecta­bles Vin­tage Toy Shop lo­cated on Hay­wood Street first started out on Leek’s tres­tle mar­ket be­fore mov­ing to the present lo­ca­tion 10 years ago.

The shop now at­tracts lo­cal cus­tomers and peo­ple from as far away as Hol­land along with visi­tors from all over the coun­try.

Owner Richard Heath, who was born and still lives in the town, said: “I am cel­e­brat­ing 10 years of be­ing in the town shop on Novem­ber 8.

“Al­though trade has its ups and downs the Leek shop has done fairly well over the last few years.

“I spe­cialise in vin­tage toys and at­tract lo­cal cus­tomers along with some from many miles away in­clud­ing some from abroad.

“I also sell on-line and for the last 18 months have had a unit at Con­gle­ton.

“There are not a lot of shops like this, so it at­tracts cus­tom from many lo­ca­tions. It also brings peo­ple in to Leek.

“I have now got reg­u­lar cus­tomers and one cou­ple comes to me each year from Hol­land.

“I started on Leek Tres­tle Mar­ket for a year un­til I found this shop.

“Many shops have closed and sev­eral have changed hands in the town, how­ever I am Leek born and bred and I am go­ing to stay in the town.”

To cel­e­brate his 10th an­niver­sary of open­ing his shop, Richard is plan­ning to of­fer cus­tomers a 10 per cent dis­count.

Richard said: “I can­not be­lieve it is 10 years since I opened the premises.

“To cel­e­brate it I will be of­fer­ing 10 per cent off ev­ery­thing for three days, from Thurs­day, Novem­ber 8 to Satur­day, Novem­ber 10.

“There will also be a free to en­ter prize draw and I will be hold­ing toy val­u­a­tions.” TRAF­FIC chaos hit Leek town cen­tre last Thurs­day after a large load failed to get through the traf­fic lights and the stag­gered pedes­trian cross­ing area in Hay­wood Street.

The ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing the load – a large metal silo – was one of two in a con­voy head­ing for Bux­ton. The con­voy was be­ing es­corted by po­lice and high­ways of­fi­cers.

It be­came stuck at the Hay­wood Street traf­fic lights just after 2pm.

The load caused con­ges­tion on sur­round­ing routes in­clud­ing Broad Street, Ball Haye Street and Comp­ton.

The load was re­versed from the traf­fic lights and then trav­elled up Leonard Street into the bus sta­tion be­fore head­ing down Ball Haye Street and up Bux­ton Road onto the A53 out to­wards Der­byshire. It had cleared the town cen­tre by 3.30pm.

County, district and town coun­cil­lor Char­lotte Atkins said: “Clearly a lorry car­ry­ing a load that big should never have been driven through the cen­tre of Leek. But it does raise ques­tions about the suit­abil­ity of the stag­gered cross­ing in Hay­wood Street.

“It is not im­prov­ing traf­fic flow. I am also con­cerned about how safe it is after a lo­cal res­i­dent sus­tained a nasty wrist in­jury as a re­sult of fall­ing at the cross­ing. I have raised my con­cerns with county high­ways.”

Above and right, the lorry stuck at the traf­fic lights at the pedes­trian cross­ing in Hay­wood Street, Leek. Left, the lorry car­ry­ing the huge silo makes its way through the bus sta­tion to exit via Ash­bourne Road and Ball Haye Street.

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