Hartlepool councillors’ back calls to tackle ‘danger’ junction

The junction of A689 and Dalton Back Road with Greatham Village.
The junction of A689 and Dalton Back Road with Greatham Village.

Councillors have backed residents’ calls to improve a ‘dangerous’ junction as part of a major new housing development.

Representatives for the Fens and Rossmere ward have raised various concerns relating to the 1,200 home South West Extension.

Standing in Hartlepool Borough Council Election 2016  
Fens and Rossmere: Bob BUCHAN  UKIP

Standing in Hartlepool Borough Council Election 2016 Fens and Rossmere: Bob BUCHAN UKIP

And they have supported a plea by the Fens Residents’ Association for the developers to improve the staggered junction on the A689 at Dalton Back Lane and Greatham where there have been numerous serious road accidents over the years.

The residents’ group says the South West Extension provides the chance to install traffic lights at the junction which could also serve as an access to the southern part of the site.

Current Persimmon Homes plans indicate creating a new junction towards Sapper’s Corner.

Councillor Alan Clark said: “This is an opportunity that should not be missed. There is an opportunity to straighten and signalise the junction at this location with access to the SWE at Dalton Back Lane.

It makes no sense to have three junctions within 400 yards of each other on a busy dual carriageway

Councillor Alan Clark

“It makes no sense to have three junctions within 400 yards of each other on a busy dual carriageway, this will just frustrate motorists further in future.”

Coun Clark listed other concerns relating to the development including the proximity of new homes to overhead electricity pylons and the potential for electro-magnetic pollution.

And he said he would like to see a clay bund added along the Newark Road at Fens beck to help prevent flooding.

“The impact of climate change and generally changing weather patterns means residents need to be protected from potential extreme weather in the future,” he said.

Alan Clark

Alan Clark

Coun Bob Buchan added: “If it improves safety I have no problem with it whatsoever and would be a perfect opportunity to do so.”

He encouraged people to take part in the council’s Local Plan consultation, which includes the development, to try to bring about the changes.

Council planning officers were due to attend a meeting of the Fens Residents’ Association last night to help gather feedback on the Local Plan.

Coun Jim Lindridge said: “They are trying to engage with the Fens Residents’ Association and put positive changes in relation to the environment and listen to what concerns there are.

“I’m quite positive that the planners are willing to come and listen and present the plans in an informal matter.”