1200 lorries a day to run through Ockendon?

A LEADING Thurrock councillor has called for more attention to be made to lorry movements rather than just noise when in reaching a decision regarding a planning application in South Ockendon.

Conservative councillor, Barry Johnson made the criticism after an application was in front of the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation (DC) on Monday. The application proposed the continued use of land for storage of containers, skips and vehicles with associated office and staff facilities in Arisdale Avenue.

The application has been deferred.

Cllr Johnson has asked resident to keep on the pressure. He said: “I would ask anybody who is concerned about this site to contact the Development Corporation with their comments quoting the above reference ( 10/50256/TTGFUL) so we can keep the pressure on the Development Corporation to stick to their own master plan for Ockendon and “remove all business sites from residential areas”

At the meeting, cllr Johnson made the following statement.

“I would like to start by conveying some of the problems faced by residents, local to the area which includes excessive noise due to the repairing of the containers on the site and the use of lorries at weekends as well as during the week.

Residents are also very aware of the safety aspects in using Arisdale Avenue as both pedestrians and vehicle users with lorries leaving the site without warning and the mounting of pavements by lorries not being able to access or leave the site in one movement.

Comments made in your own planning statement suggest that this site is surrounded only by industrial areas and makes no mention to the already occupied residential properties in Arisdale Avenue and Avontar Court.

It also suggests that the traffic movements should the application get the go ahead would be low when compared to the traffic once generated when the site was used by Fords.

This statement by way of recent residential development is simply not applicable and should not be considered as part of any evidence as the area is now quite different.

It also indicates by my calculation that another 30 lorry movements per day could be expected from this application.

I am sure you are all aware that there is such a thing as the straw that broke the camels back and in my opinion this application is just that, as unfortunately it is not in isolation with planning consent already granted to Next and Rural Arisings and with Howard Tenens looking for expansion I think that we are realistically looking at in excess of 1200 lorry movements a day through Ockendon’s residential areas.

The lorry movement is causing damage to property and it is also causing damage to services with frequent temp traffic lights being erected due to fractured gas mains. It is also severely damaging the junction of North/South and West Road, which simply cannot cope and with more and more families moving into Arisdale Avenue and Avontar Courts developments there will be more pedestrians using the avenue as they access both the station and the village which gives me and my residents grave concern for our safety”.

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