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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Developer told to pay for Harrington crossing

A £50,000 pedestrian crossing and £37,000 improvements to Beckstone Primary School will be the benefits of a new 53-home estate in Harrington.

CONCERN: Joan Wright

Persimmon Homes was given the go-ahead for the development, on land off Bellaport Gardens, by Allerdale council on the condition that it pays for a crossing on Church Road and £37,707 towards improving Beckstone Primary School.

Planning officers recommended that panel members approve the scheme, which they said would bring significant environmental benefits to an abandoned sand quarry site.

But councillors raised concerns that the development would increase congestion on Church Road, the main road in Harrington.

Councillor Carole Armstrong said: “I am fuming. My concern is with traffic. I was down on Thursday and it was gridlock.”

Coun Joan Wright added: “It’s the one road into Harrington and it’s the one road out, and if it’s blocked the whole of Harrington is blocked. It happens all the time.”

But Coun Bill Jefferson was in favour of the development. He said: “It seems to me like a well thought-out proposal.”

The plans are for 33 three-bedroom, 10 two-bedroom and 10 four-bedroom homes.

Workington Town Council and eight residents objected.

But planning officer Steve Long said the site had been subject to previous applications and still had valid consent for 41 homes.

A motion for a site visit, put forward by Coun Joe Holliday, was rejected in a vote.

Coun Jefferson then put forward a motion for approval, which councillors voted in favour of by eight votes to seven, with two abstentions.

Have your say

Why doesn't the Council build a new primary school in High Harrington. Beckstone school is full already. There are going to be a load of new houses being built in High Harrington for families. If there was a school in High Harrington, it would ease the traffic problems. Beckstone has Harrington, Salterbeck, High Harrington, Stocks hill kids to try and educate. These areas have out grown the school's capacity. Time for the council to do something positive instead of collecting parking fines etc.

Posted by A.Kelly on 23 December 2013 at 17:40

Has Councillor Jefferson ever driven down Church Road Harrington? I would suggest he does so at between 8.30 and 9.00am Monday to Friday when parents are trying to get their children to school. The road can't take anymore traffic so adding another 53 homes beggars belief.

It is not a pedestrian crossing we need but another route into and out of Harrington which of course would cost a lot more than a pedestrian crossing

Posted by Dismayed on 23 December 2013 at 15:32

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