Concerns raised over road safety

The road in New Hartley.

The road in New Hartley.

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Residents of a south east Northumberland village are raising further concerns about road safety.

In August the News Post leader reported how New Hartley villagers had raised fears about proposals to build 300 houses in the gillage, and the impact this would have on the village.

Villagers say the Barratt Homes development, which is proposed for the 27-acre field on the edge of the village, would overwhelm a settlement with few services and limited road access.

Villager Jerry Hayes said: “The village has only a single main road, and parts of it are so narrow that large vehicles have to mount a pavement in order to pass each other.

“If building was to start, heavy construction vehicles may have to use this road for up to ten years. There is no other direct route into or out of the village, on this eastern side.”

Local resistance to the development is supported by Seaton Valley Councillors, Susan Dungworth, Karen Collier and Barbara Swinhoe.

Coun Dungworth said: “Everyone in and around New Hartley knows how inadequate and dangerous the roads in and out of the village are already, as is evident in this photograph.

“It is incredible that the developers consider this road to be adequate to cope with the traffic that would be associated with an extra 286 households and construction traffic.” 

The application will be heard by the Strategic Planning Committee in the coming months.