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New housing will put an end to Cumbrian rat run

There are hopes a new housing development could stop motorists using a road as a rat run.

Plans were approved this week to knock down the former fish factory in Hensingham, Whitehaven, and build 34 homes and eight commercial units on the site.

People living at nearby Alma Bank lodged objections against G & A M Lawson Ltd’s plans, saying the road was insufficient to take any extra traffic.

However, councillors sitting on Copeland’s planning panel said the development, which would include an extension of the current 30mph speed limit, could actually help solve the traffic problems on the road.

Councillor Geoffrey Blackwell said: “It’s used as a rat run. I think further development there of the right kind will slow the traffic down as the extension of the 30mph along that road is a braking system.

“The road has been abused and hopefully this might help.”

But Stephen Haraldsen said: “The road’s quite hair-raising as there’s a blind bend half-way down. I think we might want to push the Highways Agency to look again as the extension of the 30mph zone. It doesn’t strike me as enough.

“I worry as it’s a bad road and putting more cars on there could lead to a problem.”

The fish factory closed three years ago, with the loss of 100 jobs, and since then the building has stood empty.

Mr Haraldsen added: “The fish factory is a carbuncle, so it will be great to see that big yellow box go.”

G & A M Lawson Ltd, of Gilgarran, who also have the nearby golf club at Hensingham, will build a variety of houses, which will include two-to-five bedroom detached and semi-detached houses. The scheme will also have six affordable properties.

Have your say

Yes, jem, you may drive on any of the public roads provided you comply with the rules. When you drive on a narrow road with blind bends and no footpats, you must drive with great care. While you might take appropriate care, many do not and that is why traffic calming measures are necessary. As you have a driving licence, you will be smart enough to understand that. Personally, I would welcome speed bumps, but they are only suitable for areas with street lighting, and that is very expensive.

Posted by Slow old b****rt on 22 July 2014 at 12:21

Whatever happened to the Whitehaven Eastern Bypass? The proposed route runs parallel to Alma Bank and would take away the problems completely and permanently.

Posted by Dave on 22 July 2014 at 09:58

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