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Road Works in Pickering Get Delayed

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11:40am 10th June 2013

Controversial roadworks in Pickering could be delayed by up to three months. Work to build access roads and car parking was due to start today for sixteen weeks taking place from 6pm to midnight. That upset people living nearby who were worried about late night noise.

Lidl say:

"The proposed highway improvement works were approved by the Highway Authority by way of a Section 278 legal agreement and will provide significant betterment to the town of Pickering as a whole. Residents who live in close proximity to the area affected by the proposed improvement works were consulted in 2010 and, to our knowledge, no objections were raised. There has been ongoing liaison with residents of Pickering and the Town Council over the course of the last three years and, more recently, Lidl wrote to the aforementioned residents living on Southgate, out of courtesy, to advise of the proposed start date by the appointed contractor. The improvement works must be completed prior to the store opening for trade as stipulated in the planning conditions.

"The car parking spaces referred to in the email below are within the public highway affected by the works and are not dedicated to any residents or businesses for their exclusive use. The three spaces which are currently utilised by the doctor's surgery have been incorporated into the proposed improvement scheme and will therefore remain in a similar location.

"As elements of the proposed improvement works fall within the A170 carriageway, Lidl are unable to undertake these works during day time hours so as not to interfere with the free flow of traffic through the town. Whilst this may raise concerns with some residents, this is a restriction that has been imposed by the Highway Authority and Lidl have no option but to undertake the improvement works between the hours of 6pm- 12am.  The contractor is fully aware of the proximity to residential dwellings and is proposing to carry out the noisier elements of the improvement works in the early evening. The contractor will, however, be able to undertake significant elements of the improvement works during normal working hours as they will not cause disruption to traffic on the A170. 

"Lidl have received calls from a number of concerned residents over the course of the last week and are, of course, happy to provide as much information as may be required.  We would like to reassure residents that we will seek to undertake the improvement works with due care and diligence and strive to mitigate any disruption or nuisance where possible. It is our intention to undertake the improvement works as quickly as possible and in any event within the 16 weeks currently programmed. 

"We look forward to providing a wider choice for shopping in Pickering with the new store proposed to open later this year".

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