ASPATRIA TOWN COUNCIL

www.aspatria-tc.gov.uk

 Correspondence Address: Mrs Helen Ostle

                                                                        Town Clerk

C/o Yhanwelen

Allerby

Wigton

CA7 2NH

          Tel:   07971 798477

                      E-Mail: clerk.aspatriatc@yahoo.co.uk

        

         28th April 2017

 

FOR THE ATTENTION OF TOWN AND PARISH COUNCILS COVERING THE A596 FROM THURSBY THROUGH TO SIDDICK:

 

Dear Councillor

 

HGV TIMBER TRAFFIC ON THE A596

 

Aspatria Town Council met on 18th April 2017 and is becomingly increasingly concerned about the number of timber wagons using the A596 route to Iggesund.

 

Councillors believe that there are a number of issues including noise, vibration and significant health issues such as nitrus oxide/diesel fumes, particularly in those areas such as Aspatria where the roads are particularly narrow. Many residents claim a significant reduction in their quality of life.

 

The Local Enterprise Partnership carried out a “West of M6 Strategic Connectivity Study” which is available on their website. The purpose of the study was to examine the issues and constraints associated with the strategic road connectivity of the Port of Workington and the route capability, resilience and reliability of the A595, A590 and A66 to the West of the M66 and includes Workington and Whitehaven. Unfortunately, the Study did not consider the effect of HGVs on the A596 which is believed to have been a missed opportunity.

 

The Council is conscious of the massive investment made by Iggesund in the area and aware that they are trying to reduce the affects of timber traffic hence the increase of wood moved via the Port of Workington, however, whilst the Port has additional capacity, significant capital investment is required to utilise this further. 

 

Councillors believe that there is still a case for HGVs to use the A595 to Iggesund returning empty along the A596 and feel that attempts to should be made to look at the infrastructure to support it.

 

The outcome of the discussion was that Aspatria Town Council would write to the affected Parish and Town Councils covering the A596 from Thursby to Siddick, asking if you would be willing to provide a letter of support to Aspatria Town Council with a view to us requesting an Appraisal/Feasibility Study of timber traffic on the A596, funded jointly by the Local Enterprise Partnership/Cumbria County Council.

 

A S P A T R I A

WINNER OF THE CUMBRIA IN BLOOM BEST SMALL TOWN AWARD 2016

 

 

It is also the intention to request Environmental Health Department at Allerdale Borough Council to carry out an air quality report for Aspatria and Maryport and also contact the local surgery to see if there is any increased incidence of respiratory conditions.

 

Aspatria Town Council looks forward to your response in order that we can pursue this further and would hope to secure the backing of our MP and the local Press.

        

Yours faithfully

 

Helen Ostle

 

 

Helen Ostle

Aspatria Town Clerk

 

Distribution:

Thursby Parish Council

Waverton Parish Council

Oughterside & Allerby Parish Council

Crosscanonby Parish Council

Maryport Town Council

Workington Town Council