How many petrol stations do we need?
I fired off a letter to the developers working with MoTo who presentted to Duxford parish council late last year on their plans for a major motorway service station. This would see a 24/7 fuel facility plus services plus overnight accommodation near the Duxford junction of the M11. Other parish councils and residents have asked me to find out more and it seemed to be difficult to know when the developers were going to put in a second appearance locally.
They did reply same day to me: "please let me confirm that this is very early days of the project. We will do a full and detailed public consultation much later this year once we have agreed our Pre-Statement of Community Engagement with the planning officers with South Cambridgeshire District Council. We are currently awaiting the conclusion of the report from our aviation consultant before we seek this meeting with the officers."
I took the opportunity at the recent Whittlesford Neighbourhood Plan drop-in session to discuss local concerns including the impact on flying, with the director of the IWM who came along. The developers will be coming to the MARCH meeting of Whittlesford parish council.
Last night residents of Burma and Ledo Roads in Whittlesford attended a special meeting of Whittlesford Parish Council and lodged their strong objections to the plans to extend ANOTHER station on the A505 opposite the Imperial War Museum main gates. This would become a 24/7 fuel outlet with extensive car parking, and there has already been tree clearance on the land with little notice to residents. Here is the site when I took a look late last autumn after local residents contacted me.
The narrowness of the A505 there and the increase in traffic turning into the proposed busier petrol station is worry ing residents who already find they have to take a risk trying to get out of their road adjacent to the forecourt. I asked if the developers had any data on traffic volumes expected but they said they did not know.
i will be seeking to have this application decided by the planning committee with a site visit so councillors can see for themselves the challenges of the site access from the A505.