New road in exchange for council backing on quarry industrial units?

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 May 2018

The mini roundabout connecting Dark Lane and Church Lane near the quarry. Picture: Google Maps

The mini roundabout connecting Dark Lane and Church Lane near the quarry. Picture: Google Maps

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A parish council could reconsider its opposition to an industrial site in the village expanding in return for better road access to its recycling centre.

Bristol and South West Developments applied for permission to increase the size of the industrial units at Coles Quarry in Backwell in late 2016 so they could be used for storage.

Backwell Parish Council feared this would lead to large lorries using Church Lane and Dark Lane, which could pose a threat to pedestrians on those narrow roads.

However, parish councillors may scrutinise the application again, as changes to opening times at the recycling centre, run by Biffa at Coles Quarry, have led to significant traffic problems.

Those issues could be eased if the planning application is given the go-ahead.

Parish council chairman Bob Taylor told the Times: “The planning application just sat there for 12 months but it was also linked with North Somerset Council’s Biffa site.

“It was on the cards for the people who owned the quarry to give the council and Biffa better access to the recycling centre.

“They are now offering to alter the recycling site to allow for a bigger road so lorries and big containers would have their own entrance.”

Cllr Taylor said things have moved on since the recycling centre’s opening hours changed so it is closed two days of the week.

He said: “There is always a queue to get in, which means people in Dark Lane and Church Lane cannot get out of their properties.

“Coles Quarry’s owners are asking North Somerset Council and the parish council if they would reconsider the size of the units in return for them addressing the road layout of the Biffa site, which would mean 50 cars can queue inside the site and not on the roads.”

The issue will be considered by the council at its meeting on June 7 at the parish hall in Station Road.

Cllr Taylor said: “There is a bonus in relaxing our objections, because all of a sudden Biffa is a different scenario because it is no longer open seven days a week.”

The parish council would hope to continue to prevent lorries using Dark Lane and Church Lane during the junior school’s opening hours.

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