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Depot plans set to move forward with new junction plan

4:26 pm, Tuesday, 6th July 2021 - 3 years ago

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North East Lincolnshire Council is set to create a new access road for its Doughty Road depot in Grimsby.

Working with its regeneration partner ENGIE, the Council wants to locate all depot services at one site in Grimsby town centre.

NELC and ENGIE are combining all their depot services in Doughty Road and bring more of their workers into the town centre.

They currently have two depots for operational services. One site is in Gilbey Road, the other is in Doughty Road.

These sites are for services such as waste and recycling, highway maintenance, fleet management, street cleansing, security, civil enforcement, property maintenance, licensing, grounds maintenance and ecology.

One of the main changes proposed in the site refurbishment is a new main entrance into Peaks Parkway, at the junction with B&Q and Halfords.

Most vehicles will enter and leave the site via this new entrance, meaning less traffic using the Doughty Road entrance.

A specialist firm of traffic engineers has completed a transport assessment for the proposed new junction, in conjunction with the ENGIE highway design team.

They say that the development is not expected to have a significant impact in terms of sustainable travel, traffic impact and road safety.

They add: “As the impact of the proposals is not expected to be severe, the proposals are therefore considered to be in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).”

Cabinet members are meeting on Wednesday 14 July to consider the transport assessment.

To find out more, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/your-council/meetings/ and select ‘Cabinet’ from the options on the page.

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at NELC, said:

“Bringing our depots together on one site will reduce our property maintenance costs, improve service efficiency and provide good quality facilities for the workforce.

“Doughty Road Depot is becoming outdated and will need to be redeveloped to cater for the services that will be based there.

“The property improvements will also help us improve the energy efficiency of our buildings and move toward a zero-emissions vehicle fleet.

“These are proposals at this stage, we need to go through the formal planning process before any work can start.

“We aim to submit a planning application in the next couple of months and, if successful, start work later in the year.”

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