Squibb lorries row goes to a public inquiry

A PUBLIC inquiry has been launched into whether lorries should be allowed to travel down a residential road in Stanford-le-Hope as early as 6am.

Residents have complained long-and-hard about the haulage lorries that use Wharf Road as a route to access the StanHope Industrial Park, saying the lorries disturb them late into the night and in the early morning.

The application, by Squibb Group, for lorries to use the depot from 6am was rejected in January by Thurrock’s planning committee, on the grounds it would “cause damage to local amenity”.

An independent Planning Inspector will now decide whether the company can use it from 6am.

Shane Hebb, Conservative councillor for Stanford West, said the houses along the Victorian era road were not designed with hundreds of lorry movements every day.

He said: “Residents have complained for years about these lorries damaging local roads and parked cars, as well as noisy disturbances in the night.

“Those who make the final decision must weigh up the balance between the needs of business and residents, and it has been clear to me throughout that these proposals do not give enough consideration to the residents.”

Residents launched launched a petition in August 2012 against Squibb, saying they needed to respect the residents living on the road.

Director Robert Syms hit back, saying his company only used 30 lorries a day and said: “It’s a public highway, you’re allowed to drive a lorry on it.

“I have made sure the inquiry is aware of the plight of local people if they decide to grant these permissions.”

The decision will not be known until the inquiry reports back to the Secretary of State for a final decision.

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8:24am Thu 3 Oct 13

coddy says...

Why do we need a public inquiry into lorries being allowed to travel down wharf road at 6am. I'm 100% sure that if the leader of the council lived down that road Squibb's wouldn't be allowed to travel till after 8am.
Why do we need a public inquiry into lorries being allowed to travel down wharf road at 6am. I'm 100% sure that if the leader of the council lived down that road Squibb's wouldn't be allowed to travel till after 8am. coddy

8:27am Thu 3 Oct 13

mikgrays says...

Nice to see that the NIMBY squad is alive and kicking
Nice to see that the NIMBY squad is alive and kicking mikgrays

8:47am Thu 3 Oct 13

jinksbella says...

Not NIMBY - some of the residents actually have stuff that falls off the walls with the vibrations. I live in Wharf Rd in Stanford (so does Cllr Hebb) and am lucky as my house is set back a bit from the road so don't have these problems. I agree 100% that it is a public highway but the road was not designed for the massive wide low loader lorries which have got stuck on more than one occasion and caused havoc. At the moment the lorries are operating from 6.30am, i know this because i drive to the station at this time and see them.
Not NIMBY - some of the residents actually have stuff that falls off the walls with the vibrations. I live in Wharf Rd in Stanford (so does Cllr Hebb) and am lucky as my house is set back a bit from the road so don't have these problems. I agree 100% that it is a public highway but the road was not designed for the massive wide low loader lorries which have got stuck on more than one occasion and caused havoc. At the moment the lorries are operating from 6.30am, i know this because i drive to the station at this time and see them. jinksbella

12:00pm Fri 4 Oct 13

DannyButcher says...

mikgrays wrote:
Nice to see that the NIMBY squad is alive and kicking
What a pathetic response. Much like the response from the Director of a company whose basic reaction is 'f you, I'll do what the f I like regardless of how many lives are disrupted/ruined.'

Maybe if Mr Robert Syms had to suffer the same disruptive annoyances, his arrogant, self important opinion might change.
[quote][p][bold]mikgrays[/bold] wrote: Nice to see that the NIMBY squad is alive and kicking[/p][/quote]What a pathetic response. Much like the response from the Director of a company whose basic reaction is 'f you, I'll do what the f I like regardless of how many lives are disrupted/ruined.' Maybe if Mr Robert Syms had to suffer the same disruptive annoyances, his arrogant, self important opinion might change. DannyButcher

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