EMNETH: Cold store plan

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A villager has claimed that a haulier’s bid to rebuild a fire damaged potato store is an “accident waiting to happen”.

Gary Daley spoke out against an application by Robinson’s Transport to demolish and rebuild a cold storage building and form a new access road at Manor Farm, Walsoken Road, Emneth.

But councillors on West Norfolk Council’s planning committee followed the officers recommendation and approved the bid during a meeting on December 5.

Mr Daley shared the concerns of his family and neighbours about lorries using Walsoken Road along with increasing the size of the yard.

Speaking at the meeting Mr Daley claimed: “It is only a matter of time before a serious accident happens.

“Children wait along that road in the morning.

“I have stopped my children riding their bikes and horses as I feel it is no longer safe to do so.”

Deputy leader Brian Long, who represents Mershe Lande ward, told the meeting that highways issues were of a “huge concern” due to poor visibility and the narrow road.

He said: “The road has a number of sharp bends before finally exiting onto the A47.

“Any increase of vehicular movement at that location is of concern.”

Applicant Chris Robinson told the meeting that his company, which is based in Upwell, bought the site in September but had been using the yard since 2008.

Mr Robinson said there would be less traffic movements.

He said: “There is no hidden agenda. The farm buildings will be used as they have been, to store potatoes. It will be filled at harvest time and deployed when need demands. A large yard is needed to manoeuvre vehicles.”

Ward member Chris Crofts supported the application.

He said the yard had been used for sometime as a working farm yard and was shocked by the number of objection letters from the area.

He said: “I am surprised 15 letters could be generated by eight houses down that road.”

Mr Crofts said the objections had been dealt with by the statutory bodies and that the application would tidy up the area.