The county council is receiving lots of objections from residents in Kirby Muxloe, Ratby and Markfield, who are concerned about Poundstretcher's proposals to extend the hours when lorries move to and from their site in Desford Road.
We want to make it clear that residents should make their comments to Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, which is responsible for determining the application.
We completely understand the concerns of local people around noise and the effects of pollution so we would expect residents to make strong representations to the borough council which has to determine the application, quoting application number 19/00253. It's unfortunate that residents say they have been advised by the borough council that their objections are best made to the county council - that is not the case. This has been taken up with Hinckley & Bosworth Borough CouncilPerson:County council spokesperson
Under the current permission granted by the borough council, lorries from the Desford Road site can only come and go between 6am and 7pm on weekdays and 8am to 3pm on Saturday.
The company is now seeking permission from the borough council to extend the hours to 11pm on weekdays and Bank holidays, to 6pm on Saturday and from 9am to 1pm on Sunday.
The council spokesperson added: “Poundstretcher are applying to the borough council to vary the times when vehicles can journey to or from their site. From a highways perspective, we don’t consider there are implications, given the routes to be used are designated HGV routes, the extended hours of operation are outside peak traffic times and will not create capacity issues on the road network.
"Our views as a consultee have already been sent to the borough council, whose planning committee doesn't have to agree with them in determining the planning application. To be absolutely clear, this is a matter for Hinckley and Bosworth to decide, no doubt taking into account the legitimate concerns of residents.”