'Plan could ruin us'

A BACKWELL businessman says plans to expand the railway station car park would wreck his business because delivery lorries will not be able to get in and out of his yard. John Marshall, who runs Nailsea Patio Supplies with his wife Sandra, says if plans t

A BACKWELL businessman says plans to expand the railway station car park would wreck his business because delivery lorries will not be able to get in and out of his yard.John Marshall, who runs Nailsea Patio Supplies with his wife Sandra, says if plans to build eight houses with garages and a new car park on land next to the railway station at Station Close get the green light, his business could grind to a halt.The glitch comes because of the new access road being proposed as part of the development, which is too narrow and windy for delivery lorries to travel down safely.Mr and Mrs Marshall, who have operated from its site at Station Close from the last seven years, say between one and four articulated lorries visit the business each day to drop off deliveries.Mrs Marshall said: "We are very concerned about this application. We have articulated lorries visiting here every day to deliver our stock."If we cannot get our deliveries in or out it will seriously affect our business."As part of the plans the developer wants to block off Station Close completely, with the only access to our site being through the new housing development."There is no way an articulated lorry could negotiate its way through there - the street would have to be at least the width of a main road with enough space for two large lorries to pass."Mrs Marshall said a large percentage of people visiting the yard were local builders coming to collect supplies.She added: "In the summer around 50 per cent of our business is from local builders and this increases to around 75 per cent in the winter."Most of these come down here in trucks - we have lorries in and out all of the time."Historically the site was used as a coal yard in the 1950s, so there has always been access for lorries along Station Road to the yard."The application for outline planning permission, by villager Bill Johnston-Rudd, has been put forward as a way of solving the problem of overcrowding of the station car park.Currently people are being forced to park on nearby streets and at Backwell Lake car park because the station car park is always full.Both Backwell Parish Council and Nailsea Town Council have been working in partnership with North Somerset to try and find a way of solving the parking problems. But at a meeting last week, Backwell councillors recommended the application be thrown out on the grounds it is against local plan policies.


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