New road access off danger road given green light

Permission has been given by majority decision by North area planning commitee for a new access point off a dangerous stretch of the A697 – but not all councillors believed it would improve road safety.

The bid, recommended for approval, was for a replacement entrance to agricultural land at Thrunton. The applicant claimed that the existing access was dangerous and that a new one would provide safer entry and exit.

Coun Anthony Murray said: “We’re talking about an enhanced access. I know how dangerous this piece of road is and this new access would add to the safety of the A697.”

The application received six letters of objection from neighbours.

Coun Trevor Thorne said there were already sufficient agricultural entrances, it wasn’t an improved access and one of his apprehensions was on road-safety grounds.