Streets not safe for construction traffic

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Sub-heading: Brodick residents demand new road

By Hugh Boag

Residents in the Springbank area of Brodick are stepping up their demand for a new road into the first council houses to be built for 30 years.

North Ayrshire Council is proposing to build 34 new houses behind Brathwic Terrace but has previously ruled out any additional infrastructure for the development.

But local residents are worried that even when it is being built heavy construction traffic will have to use the long and winding Brathwic Place, only road through existing houses to get to the site at the back of Brodick. They say the road is already busy with cars and that children in the area play on the streets and the nearby play park.

Instead they want to see an existing right-of-way footpath widened to at least take the construction traffic away from the houses via Springbank Way directly to the site. And they have been given the backing of Arran Community Council who have written to council roads bosses, after discussing the residents concerns at their meeting last week.

Work on the much needed  two, three and four-bedroomed homes is expected to start after the summer. However, local authorities do not require to apply for planning permission, like any private builder or individual, leading to concerns that the interest of the nearby residents may have been overlooked.

In the letter to NAC the community council state: ‘We welcome the proposals for 30+ new homes. However we wish to register the concerns for the safety and welfare of families living on the access route as proposed and other road users.

‘Due to the fact that the normal planning process does not apply and the residents and community council will have no formal opportunity to register their concerns.’

Now the community council has asked whether there has been a full risk analysis completed which covers the heavy plant and equipment to the proposed site and recognises the potential risk to the residents health and safety who will be impacted if the existing road network were to be the primary access.

The letter states: ‘The streets are very narrow and house many young families who access the play area in the vicinity on foot.’ And they ask: ‘Have alternative routes been evaluated, considered or eliminated from the planning process?

It adds: ‘We stress that there is no general objection to the development of much needed housing. However we hope, after due consideration, you will agree that alternative solutions need to be considered particularly for the initial volumes of plant, equipment and carriage of materials and supplies to and from the site.’

One long-time resident told the Banner: ‘The thought of a lot of construction traffic coming through here does not bear thinking about. The are narrow and are lined with cars and loads of kids play about here.

‘Even after construction the new development is going to bring another 40 or 50 cars using one access road. This really has to be rethought.’

A North Ayrshire Council spokeswoman said: ‘A consultation event was held in September 2018, where draft plans for the Brathwic Terrace development were discussed. The next step will be to hold a final plans consultation event, which is expected to take place during this summer.

‘The feedback on the updated plans will be reviewed, with any final adjustments to the proposals made prior to a ‘meet the builder’ event for local residents. Construction work will commence thereafter.’

 

No way through. Residents want to see this footpath widened into a road for construction traffic. 01_B19road01