Early morning deliveries are a ‘living nightmare’

Residents of Ruskin Avenue.
Residents of Ruskin Avenue.

Lorries making deliveries early in the morning have created a “living nightmare” for people in Wrenthorpe.

Growling engines, beeping alarms and clattering scaffolding have been the daily wake-up call for hundreds living on Ruskin Avenue and Barnes Avenue for the past 18 months.

And residents claim developers Redrow Homes, who are building 230 new homes in the area, are violating the terms of their planning consent.

Campaigner Ronnie Greenwood said HGVs have been seen making deliveries as early as 6am, when conditions dictate that the earliest they should arrive is 8am.

And he said residents were demanding stricter enforcement of the terms by Wakefield Council.

Mr Greenwood said: “It’s a living nightmare for people there at the moment.

“What is the point having conditions if they are not going to be enforced? And how many more people across the district are going to suffer because officers are not imposing notices on developers?”

The council initially failed to impose time restrictions when planning consent for the homes was granted in November 2011.

But after complaints from residents it entered into a “gentleman’s agreement” with Redrow, asking them to make sure HGVs were not entering Ruskin Avenue before 9.30am.

Redrow were granted permission by the council to relax those times to 8am in November last year.

The council admitted there was a “defect” in the original planning consent but said conditions had now been set and it was no longer relevant.

It said there was nothing stopping HGVs using Ruskin Avenue before 8am, as long as they weren’t unloading.

Service director for planning and highways Ian Thomson said they were “reasonable hours” for house building.

He said: “The site has been monitored twice this week and although several HGV vehicles arrived before 8am they were not unloaded. From these visits it seems there are no contraventions.”

Redrow said no one was available to comment.