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Peaks Parkway: Your Concerns & Questions

18 February 2015

Q, Residents say there is already congestion in Weelsby Avenue:-

• Residents already complain of waiting 15 minutes at times to exit onto Weelsby Road. This scheme WILL NOT impact on additional traffic at Weelsby Avenue, although it has the potential of diverting traffic from Oasis Wintringham School and the Crematorium via a new road network which will mitigate existing problems which residents endure.

Q, Pedestrians will use Weelsby Avenue to visit the Community Stadium:-

• There is no need for pedestrians to access the stadium via Weelsby Avenue. A planning condition will require the club for a time to steward the junction of Weelsby Road/Avenue, until fans are accustomed to using the new footpath along Peaks Parkway.

Q, Vehicles will park in the side roads causing mayhem:-

• The Use of CPZ (Controlled Parking Zones) will be introduced as part of a planning condition in areas where issues arise. A planning condition will require the club for a time to steward the junction of Weelsby Road/ Avenue until fans are accustomed to using the car parking arrangements at the Community Stadium.

Q, How will pedestrians access the Community Stadium:-

• Footfall from Grimsby will access the site, via an existing footpath, at the very end of Peaks Lane. It’s a 8-10 minute walk up an over the bridge to arrive at site. Additionally a new footpath will be introduced on the opposite/western side of Peaks Parkway.

• Footfall from Humberston & New Waltham will access the site via an existing footpath on the eastern side of Peaks Parkway. It’s a 15-20 minute walk up an over the bridge to arrive at site.

Q, Crowd noise will affect the residents of St Andrews Hospice:-

• Modern stadia are designed to contain crowd noise to a much larger degree than as at Blundell Park. The Community Stadium’s boundary will be circa 800m away from the Hospice, which resides on the opposite side of the parkway and is lined by high hedge rows either side.

Q, The development will affect my house value adversely:-

• Evidence suggests this is not the case. This same development was planned at Great Coates and known about since 1999, nevertheless houses continued to rise in value and sell well. Two new developments were built out and sold during the planning phase in spite of the constant fears raised by a small group. Research suggests that residential house prices actually rise substantially within the vicinity of new stadia developments. Reference data (SHURA Dr L E Davies)

Q, The Scheme will cause traffic congestion:-

• Peaks Parkway has several junctions along its length and there is no reason to think congestion will increase because of new junction serving this development. Additionally football matches are played when the highway is least busy and therefore will have little impact on existing users. The roads will be busy a maximum of 30 times per year, for 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after a game.

Q, Loss of open green space:-

• This development cannot be accommodated on an available brownfield site. The enabling development and particularly houses, would be taking up green belt land anyway in support for much needed housing. Surely, it is better to see some community gain from building on important open green space. Many of us will recall seeing green field built on as we grew older. It’s an unfortunate consequence of the population expanding.

Q, Peaks Parkway is the wrong location:-

• This is very much an opinion and we would hope those who are not yet convinced will visit the site to witness the scale and perspective and imagine how this scheme will least impact on the amenity. Additionally, the sequential site survey determined Peaks Parkway as being the only location viable to deliver this scheme, to include the Club’s requirements and the important enabling needs, at a location requiring circa 150 acres of developable area.

Q, Loss of Allotment space:-

• The allotment is currently less than 50% occupied. There is also capacity at Weelsby Road allotments, however, it is likely that the existing site can accommodate the current users designed into the scheme.

Allotments are protected by section 8 of the Allotment Act 1925 and the Secretary of State will be asked to approve the scheme to ensure there is suitable provision.

Q, Too close to the Cemetery:-

• There are many stadiums built near cemeteries all over the country. Bury FC as an example, have a stand called the cemetery end, Hull FC are located close to a cemetery and more recently York City have achieved planning approval very near a cemetery.

Q, Tollbar Roundabout is congested and is at capacity:-

• It is unlikely that our scheme will have significant impact if any at this junction. NELC are aware of the current issues; Ward Councillors have lobbied for funds to be identified for its upgrade for several years now. It is almost certain that by the time this development comes forward that the junction will have been upgraded.

Q, Weelsby Road / Peaks Parkway junction is at capacity:-

• NELC are aware of the current issues at the junction. There are some funds identified to upgrade this junction and should this scheme come forward, then it is likely to be required to make a financial contribution to its upgrade.

Q, There can be no more junctions along Peaks Parkway:-

• There is nothing attached to the planning permission for Peaks Parkway, restricting or preventing additional junctions. Consideration is being given to determine the type of junction required to best serve the development, which will inevitably be a roundabout or a traffic light junction.

Q, How will fans arrive by train:-

• Grimsby Train station is approximately 1.6 miles away. Typically, the majority fans no longer travel by train, however when they do the Club and Police work together and coaches can be put on to transfer the fans to the ground.

Q, The facility may threaten King George V Stadium and the Bradley Football Development Centre:-

• Nothing could be further from the truth. The Club operates a significant community programme around the town throughout the year and block books a range of facilities in advance, preventing use by the local community. Therefore should this scheme come forward, the Club will be able to grow its community programmes without needing to monopolise other community facilities.

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