Road traffic concern outside new Crowle supermarket

Trevor Barker
Trevor Barker

Councillors are calling for action to tackle a traffic problem near a new supermarket amid concerns there could be an accident.

Members of Crowle and Ealand Town Council raised concerns that lorries turning in and out of the recently-opened Co-op food store on Brunyee Road in Crowle have to negotiate an extremely tight bend.

A town council meeting last week heard concerns that this could lead to an accident with oncoming traffic or a pedestrian.

This comes after 350 people originally signed a petition against the supermarket amid concerns about road safety and parking.

Store bosses have already vowed to tackle the problem.

After the meeting, council clerk Katy Fowler, 40, of Crowle, said: “There was some concern about this because it is such a tight bend.

“The town council has asked North Lincs Council to have a look at it.”

She added councillor Trevor Barker agreed to speak to highways bosses at North Lincolnshire Council to see if anything can be done.

A Co-op spokesperson said: “There was a concern raised to us about the size of lorries coming to the site.

“We have spoken to our external supplier and they have vowed to use smaller vehicles.”

The store opened in November, having been given the green light by planning chiefs despite residents’ concerns.

The council imposed a planning condition relating to provision of a customer car park for the store.

It has also restricted the hours when deliveries can take place at the store.

The store cost £1.2 million and created 14 new jobs.

The town council meeting also heard that the Christmas lights switch on in Crowle was a resounding success.

The event, on Saturday, December 7, saw hundreds of visitors flock to the town centre to enjoy a range of stalls, festive entertainment and the illuminations.

Town councillors will now write a letter of thanks to the lights organising committee.

Mrs Fowler said: “It was great to see so many people come along to enjoy the event.

“It was a resounding success again and very well attended.

“The town council will be thanking the organisers for another year of hard work.”

Councillors made no objections to an outline planning application to build a new home on Godnow Road in Crowle.

No details were given as to how many bedrooms or other features are included.

The proposal will now be forwarded to North Lincolnshire Council’s planning board members for consideration.