Following a meeting on 21st September 2010 of the East Devon District Council, Development Management Committee, I am pleased to be able to tell you of extremely positive changes to the road haulage plans for Axmouth and the Seaton Regeneration Project.
In the Tesco store application approved in September 2009, Tesco were authorised to bring up to 40% of infill materials by road, up to 6,800 fully laden HGV passing through Axmouth. In response to concerns raised, the applicant reduced the hauled amount to 25%, 10% and yesterday ZERO!
“NO ROAD HAULED INFILL MATERIALS WILL COME THROUGH AXMOUTH”
Road hauled infill materials have NOT been moved to another route so this change is a major benefit to all local resdients.
After a long debate the Pipeline Application 10/1177 was approved by a large majority of Committee members. The routing of HGV in connection with the delivery and collection of Plant required for the site, and the large sections of pipework, which formed a key part of this application, are the subject of a Condition that vehicles NOT be routed through Axmouth.
The Minute from this meeting is now confirmed as…
“…..Notwithstanding the details set out in the ‘Construction and Environmental Management Plan submitted with this planning application with regard to the agreed HGV haul route, all construction traffic and any other vehicles associated with the construction of, and dismantling of, the pipeline and associated structures, fittings or fixtures, shall be routed by the applicant Company and/or its Consultants and Contractors so as not to approach or leave the development site by the village of Axmouth.
(Reason – So as to protect the environment and historic village of Axmouth and safety of its residents)…”
“PLANT, EQUIPMENT AND PIPELINE WILL NOT COME THROUGH AXMOUTH”
This is excellent news. It is clear recognition of Axmouth as a key East Devon Heritage Asset, and the value of protecting the village.
I would like to thank the entire village, for support and guidance in securing this major change. I am pleased to repeat my admiration of our Parish Council, for their consistently well reasoned and eloquently presented contributions. We should also acknowledge the contribution made by the applicant and EDDC Planning Department, reducing the amount of fill by road, when they had previously agreed approval.
This recognised the real concerns we, and others, had expressed.
Is that the end of the matter?
No, rather this is only the start. Challenges remain in the ‘Construction’ and the ‘Service’ phases beyond. We still need to secure a long term strategic solution to HGV traffic. The first phase however is in place.
It is clear we can make ourselves heard, and make a difference!