Councillor raises concerns over plan for A1 coffee shop at 'accident hotspot'
Controversial plans for a coffee shop at an ‘accident hotspot’ near Grantham have been deferred.
An application for the new coffee shop with drive-thru, at the recently rebuilt Motor Fuel Limited petrol forecourt, at Toll Bar Service Station at Marston, was due to be discussed at South Kesteven District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.
The applicants say it will create around 11 new jobs and will add another 29 car parking spaces – including an electric charging bay.
But councillors deferred their decision to allow extra time to clarify some additional points that have been raised with Highways England.
Alexander Maughan, Lincolnshire County Councillor for the Hough Division, has been driving a campaign to raise awareness of the plans.
He said: “There is strong public concern against the application, which includes a proposal to close the right turn across the A1 but no slip road mitigation.
“This will impact hundreds of residents who live in the area and rely on the right turn and slip road too.
“I am also very concerned that closing the right turn does not mitigate the safety risks and poor accident history of the slip road at Toll Bar Road, which requires substantial improvements before any coffee shop development could be deemed acceptable.
“This slip road is simply too short, so the expected increase in traffic movements arising from the development will undoubtedly make this more dangerous.
“Any development must fit with the plans to improve A1 safety in our county.
“I strongly feel, given the devastating accident record of this location and strong public concern for the application, that it’s critical no decision is made before all outstanding information is obtained, clarified and agreed by all concerned parties.
“I believe that Highways England needs to have a thorough public consultation before any application is considered.”