Outcry prompts decision review

PRESSURE from angry residents on a district council has forced it into revisiting a controversial traffic decision.

On January 5, Breckland Council decided to lift a Section 106 agreement banning HGVs owned by David Watson Transport Ltd to pass along Brandon High Street.

But Brandon town councillors and residents claimed they were never informed of when the decision was being made – leaving them unable to make objections.

On Wednesday, Breckland announced that the decision would go back to committee following complaints from the town council and resident, Victor Lukaniuk.

A Breckland spokesman said: “Whilst all local concerns were relayed verbally and had been considered by members at the January development control committee meeting, the committee chairman has agreed to the application being returned to committee in order to allow members of the public and the town council the opportunity to make direct representations to members at this meeting.”

Mr Lukaniuk said he was pleased with the news.

“It just goes to show that if you make a noise and stand up to be counted, then you can make a difference.

“If the decision goes the same way, then I’ll take it on the chin but we just want to have our voices heard,” he said.

Stephen Edwards, chairman of Brandon Town Council, said: “We are very pleased they have seen fit to revisit the decision and adhere to their own protocol.”

Mr Edwards confirmed that a representative from the town council would be attending the meeting.

The town council’s initial complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman was turned away as policy dictates that one elected body cannot complain against another.

That meant Mr Lukaniuk stepping in as an ‘aggrieved individual’ – prompting Breckland’s u-turn.