Plans for £9m Preston crematorium halted for…

Plans for £9m Preston crematorium halted for traffic survey
2021-01-18 18:41:00
Plans to build a new £9m crematorium in a Holderness village have been put on hold pending an independent traffic review after a resident warned it could “exacerbate” congestion. East Riding Council's Planning Committee deferred plans for the crematorium after resident David Iles said it was the “right development in the wrong place”. Council Project Development Manager Gail Cahill told the committee 93 per cent of around 1,600 respondents to a consultation on the plans said they supported them. Council plans for the crematorium, off Lelley Road in Preston, were drawn up to fill what the local authority claims is a gap in services in the Holderness area. To get the Hull Live headlines every day, simply pop your email address into the sign-up box just beneath the picture at the top of this article. Ms Cahill said the traffic review, to examine the crematorium's impact on Lelley Road and Sproatley Road, was requested to address concerns of almost 10 per cent of consultation respondents. But Mr Iles said the crematorium's location close to the centre of Preston meant the impact of traffic on those roads and others in the village would be “considerable”. He said: “We're concerned that traffic on Main Street would get worse and that roads coming off it would be used as rat runs. “The council needs to sort out traffic infrastructure and drainage systems which would be inadequate to cope with the crematorium. “Highways improvements are needed, safe access to this is critical.” Watch to find out more about the planning system: Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now South West Holderness ward member Cllr John Dennis told the committee there should be some “give and take” on the plans, including looking at road improvements. Cllr Dennis said: “The situation on Preston's roads would not be improved with this crematorium, it could be a recipe for disaster. “Road improvements should be carried out before it goes ahead, traffic calming measures are definitely required. Artist's impression of a new crematorium planned for Holderness (Image: East Riding Council) “The crematorium would mean people wouldn't have to take the distressing journe

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