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Anger at late changes to A1 services plan

RESIDENTS have complained to a public inquiry in Ripon about last minute changes to plans for a proposed motorway service area on the A1 near Boroughbridge.

The changes include new plans for a sewage treatment works that will disperse effluent into the countryside surrounding Kirby Hill.

Developer Heather Ive Associates has been seeking permission to build a motorway service area close to the village since 1996.

The latest plans were promoted on the basis that there would be no access from the proposed development onto the local road network and that sewage would be disposed of via a new sewer to the Boroughbridge Waste Water Treatment Works.

In 2009, Harrogate Borough Council refused permission for the development. Heather Ive Associates appealed and has now changed the plans to include the option of local accesses onto the A168 and the B6265 Ripon Road and an on-site sewage treatment plant.

Local residents have complained about the changes to the developer and to the Inspector chairing the public nquiry being held in Ripon into the provision of motorway seervices on the A1.

Gareth Owens, chairman of Kirby Hill RAMS (Residents Against Motorway Services), said: “The developer consulted with the local community and told us what their plans were.

“At the public inquiry last week, we discovered that the plans we saw are not the ones the Secretary of State is now being asked to approve. Heather Ive Associates has changed them during the course of the appeal.

“Local people have a right to know the details of proposed developments on their doorstep. They deserve to be told when plans change to include the discharge of treated sewage effluent into the countryside near their village.”

• Kirby Hill RAMS are encouraging everyone in the local community to attend a special evening session of the public inquiry at the Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge, on Monday, January 10 at 7:30pm.

Mr Owens says this will provide an opportunity for residents to air their concerns and demonstrate the strength of public opposition.