New Homes could lead to more problems

Around 40 people attended the Annual General Meeting of Let’s Go Hornsea at the Town Hall on 4th October to hear James Durham from the East Riding Council’s Planning Department outline the Local Plan for Hornsea.  The plan, which has taken 8 years to complete, has now been ratified and enshrined in law. The main focus of the plan is to provide 750 new homes, including a minimum 15% ‘affordable’ social housing, by 2029 on several plots of land that have been identified as suitable, mainly on the outskirts of Hornsea.  These include two plots at the north end of Cliff Road, 2 plots at the south end of Rolston Road, (one behind the Freeport) and the old Wakefield School site on Hull Road. Forty seven homes may be built on Council owned land in the Parva Road area.  The rest of the plots are privately owned and will depend on third parties to deliver the proposed targets.  Mr Durham said that there has been no uptake so far from developers as they are currently sitting on the land and waiting for market conditions to improve in order to ensure profits.  He cited the flats in the Broadway building on the sea front which are not selling well as an example of why developers are reluctant to build. A plot on Atwick Road has also been allocated as Employment Land with a view to creating more locally based businesses but so far none have come forward. In terms of infrastructure to cope with the growth in population that will result from the new homes, it seems that the Council has very few plans to do anything at all other than some traffic calming measures and possible improvements levitra nhs uk login to the foot and cycling networks.  This was the main concern of those who attended the meeting.  The traffic problems, particularly on Atwick Road and the Market Place, were highlighted with strong support for getting rid of the traffic lights in the town centre. Mr Durham replied that the possibility of replacing them with a mini roundabout had been explored but then dismissed on the grounds that there is not enough room.  If the lights were turned off, extra pedestrian crossings would be necessary.  The council had made no decision yet concerning a possible road link between Atwick Road and the new houses at the north end of town.  Nevertheless, he noted the strength of feeling on the traffic issue and promised to take the views expressed to the relevant departments whilst adding: “Investigations into the possible improvements to the operation of the signal junction are ongoing.  This includes consideration of a more permanent restriction on right turns at the Market Place signals.  Further consultation with the community would be undertaken before such changes were made.” The general impression, however, is that traffic congestion in Hornsea is something that the Council regards as ‘only a seasonal problem’ and not one of high priority.  Indeed Mr Durham commented that compared to Beverley the traffic problems in Hornsea are relatively minor.  Those who are concerned about traffic and infrastructure problems in our town were unable to gain much encouragement from what they heard from the speaker. Let’s Go Hornsea, on the other hand, were delighted by the high turnout at the meeting and invite anyone who has concerns about the future of the town to come along to the monthly meetings (the next one is at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 22nd November) to discuss ways in which these problems might be tackled as well as generating ideas for improving the town. Perhaps a stronger campaign to solve the traffic congestion, similar to the Floral Hall one, needs to be waged in order to persuade the Council to act?

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