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'Don't scrap the loading bay' - Durham councillor
A COUNCILLOR is hoping to save a loading bay which has become a popular dropping off point for Durham city centre.
Durham County Council is considering axing the loading bay off North Road roundabout, which was formerly in front of Anglian Windows.
Drivers often drop off passengers there for Durham bus station and shopping on North Road.
However, traffic chiefs say the bay was created to allow deliveries to businesses in nearby Hopper House which is now entirely residential and is attracting anti-social behaviour, so should be deleted and turned into a footpath.
Councillor Richard Ormerod, who represents Elvet and Gilesgate and is highways spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said: “Whilst the loading bay is not particularly well situated, it is well used and it is better to have one than not.
“There will always be demand for somewhere to drop off people who are heading for the bus station.
“If it was not there drivers would be more likely to pick up and drop off on North Road itself, or further up the A690 towards Neville’s Cross, causing obstruction.
“If a wider footpath is needed then surely this can be provided without getting rid of the loading bay altogether.”
Coun Ormerod also questioned what anti-social behaviour had been recorded.
He has raised the issue with the council, asked residents for their views and had the matter discussed by Crossgate Community Partnership, which he said was broadly against getting rid of the bay.
In response, Brian Buckley, the council’s strategic highways manager, said: “We are at the early stages of consultation.
“Comments have been received and responses need to be considered before any decision can be taken.”
For more information on the proposal, call Durham County Council on 03000-260-000.
North Road has been subject to a series of changes over recent years to reform how taxis use the area.
In April, a new, larger taxi rank was created on a loading area outside Subway.
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