Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Petrol Station Consultation Slammed by Angry Residents

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Petrol Station Consultation Slammed by Angry Residents

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Byline: James Cain Reporter

RESIDENTS have slammed a consultation process after a petrol station was given planning permission to be built on their estate's only access road.

The proposals for a new petrol station at the Sainsbury's supermarket on Bishopton Road West and Barlborough Avenue in Stockton were approved by Stockton Council with conditions in June this year.

But many residents on the Whitehouse Farm estate - which can only be accessed by Barlborough Avenue - say that they had no idea of the plans until Sainsbury's made a second application to extend the petrol station's opening hours.

Mum-of-two Suzanne McKnight, 44, is furious that the council failed to consult with all the residents on the Whitehouse Farm estate and has started collecting signatures for a petition against the building of the petrol station.

She said: "The planning department didn't advise everyone in the Whitehouse Farm estate about these plans.

"They only consulted the elderly people who live in the bungalows in Barlborough Avenue. "But this will affect everyone who lives on the estate. It will cause congestion because there's only one exit in and out of this estate, and it is busy enough. The petrol station is a ridiculous idea. In my opinion, their guidelines were not carried out thoroughly at all.

"Everyone in Whitehouse farm estate is angry about the petrol station and they don't want it.

"At the moment, my neighbour and myself have been collecting signatures on a petition against the petrol station, we have just over 150 against the petrol station being built."

Angus Race, a resident of Whitehouse Farm, Bishopton Road West, agreed. He said: "About 97% of residents are opposed to this development on the grounds of increased traffic at an already very busy junction.

"Numerous school and college pupils cross at this point, health visitors ambulances and other emergency services will have great difficulty accessing and exiting the estate. …

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