Broadclyst: Controversial trading estate set to get even busier

An application has been submitted for a new operating centre to move into a village trading estate where residents have long complained about noise and dangerous traffic congestion from HGVs. Swindon-based OPX Logistics Ltd is seeking to keep five vehicles and five trailers at Lodge Trading Estate in Station Rd.

Anita Merritt www.devonlive.com 

The trading estate is already home to haulage company Heaver Brothers Ltd and also international courier delivery company TNT. Vast complaints have been made by locals who say large-vehicle/ heavy traffic volume companies should never have been permitted to operate in the rural residential area.

Narrow roads make it difficult for large vehicles to negotiate its way through. Photographs have often been shared on social media capturing stationary traffic and lorries attempting to pass each other in narrow lanes, which residents say highlights the road is not suitable for HGVs.

OPX Logistics, which has more than 30 years’ experience in the delivery of logistics, is required to advertise public notices to inform people of its plans. Anyone with concerns is is invited to write to the traffic commissioner who is responsible for licensing and regulating operators of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), public service vehicles (PSVs) and local bus services.

The notice states: “OPX Logistics Ltd of Ignition Park, Faraday Road, Swindon, SN3 5FB is applying to add an operating centre to keep five vehicles and five trailers at Lodge Trading Estate, Station Rd, Broadclyst, Broadclyst Station, Exeter EX5 3BS.

Residents have spoken about their frustration over traffic problems in Broadclyst

Residents have spoken about their frustration over traffic problems in Broadclyst (Image: Broadclyst Station Community)

“Owners or occupiers of land (including buildings) near the operating centre(s) who believe that their use or enjoyment of that land would be affected, should make written representations to the Traffic Commissioner at Hillcrest House, 386 Harehills Lane, Leeds, LS9 6NF, stating their reasons, within 21 days of this notice.

“Representors must at the same time send a copy of their representations to the applicant at the address given at the top of this notice. A Guide to Making Representations is available from the Traffic Commissioner’s office.

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