Local councillor asks for prompt action to repair damaged verge
February 22, 2021
A Cramlington town councillor has asked Northumberland County Council to take action to repair a grassed area damaged by traffic travelling to a development site – an issue raised with County officers when the Doddington Drive development was at the planning stage in 2019.
As can be seen in this photograph, traffic travelling to and from the Saint Paul’s development site uses Doddington Drive and as the result the grass verge has been damaged.
Together with residents, Councillor Mark Swinburn highlighted to planners in 2019 that the road constructed in the 1960s was not suitable for access to the site. The Town Council submitted its objections to the development on the grounds of access via Doddington Drive and proposed an alternative access proposed the construction of a new access road following the line of the “old road” leading directly to the Dudley Lane roundabout. The site was owned by Advance Northumberland, a development company wholly owned by the County Council.
The application was subsequently given approval based on calculations about road width provided by the Highways Department.
Councillor Swinburn said “It gives me no pleasure to see that what I predicted would happen has happened and I now urge Northumberland County Council officers to rectify this situation as a matter of urgency before more occupancy of the development takes place and the residents’ complaints increase. This is a further example of County Hall planners failing to listen to local councillors”