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VILLAGERS are calling on planning bosses to reject a proposal to create a waste transfer station in open countryside, fearing it could worsen an accident black spot on the A19.

Some 22 months after Riley Plant Hire Ltd applied to North Yorkshire County Council for permission to change the use of land and buildings near the A19 in Tollerton, North York, the company and residents are awaiting a recommendation from highways authority officials on whether the plan would increase the risk of accidents.

A decision on the project, which has so far been delegated to planning officials although it is controversial, is expected to follow shortly after the highways department delivers its conclusion.

Documents filed with the application by Riley Plant Hire, which specializes in demolition, excavation, plant and dumpster hire, indicate that the site would receive around 3,000 tonnes of waste per year, with 20 tonne heavy trucks making about five deliveries a day.

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Company officials say the accident data “clearly demonstrates that access to the site can accommodate both the volume and capacity of traffic likely to be generated” and that the use of the A19 junction at Tollerton did not result in any accidents involving heavy goods vehicles between 2015 and 2019.

They added: ‘The application contemplates the development of a facility remote from any sensitive receptors and, although located in open countryside, the character of the site lends itself to the establishment of a facility such as this.’

The section of the trunk road between Shipton through Beninborough and North Tollerton has developed a notorious reputation for serious collisions with large vehicles over the past two decades.

Incidents on the A19 near Tollerton include a 27-year-old woman who died after a crash involving a bus and a black car last year, a York driver who was killed in a collision with a tanker in 2018 and in 2014 a 45-year-old Middlesbrough man died in a head-on collision between his car and a bus.

Since 2000 there have been several other fatal accidents on the A19 near Tollerton.

However, Hambleton District Council has raised concerns about increased use of the site, with a transport company, waste transfer site and agricultural use all operating from there.

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In its objection to the scheme, Tollerton Parish Council said lorries heading to and from the remote countryside site via a narrow lane would see the flow of waste increase, causing more vehicle movement and “a nuisance additional for surrounding properties, on both sides of the A19”.

He said: “This junction is a high-risk area as traffic passes at high speed. Additional movements of heavy goods vehicles in this area will potentially increase the risk of accidents.”

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