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Issued: May 13, 2016

Parish council objects to district council 'hub'
​Objections have been voiced by North Weald Bassett Parish Council to plans for a three-storey 'repairs and maintenance hub' on the edge of North Weald airfield.

The proposed building off Blenheim Way, with 32 parking spaces, would provide office space and training rooms, storage and a joinery workshop for district council staff.

Parish councillors are concerned at the number of parking spaces - after initial discussions indicated some 80-plus staff will be based at the building.

They also want to see just one access, off Merlin Way.

Planning committee chairman Baden Clegg said: "It would concern me if these vehicles were going backwards and forwards at unsocial hours."

Councillor Sheila Jackman was concerned staff would park in residential roads.

Councillor Terry Blanks said: "I think originally the sole entrance would be from Merlin Way. It now appears there are two entrances, Merlin Way at one end for 'heavier vehicles' but also quite a lot of traffic will be coming out into Blenheim Way."

He added: "It also seems to me it is a bit of a stupid place to put it. Why didn't they think of putting it on the airfield?"

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