This story will be updated as the meeting commences.
14:30 – the meeting has just commenced to a packed Harrogate Council Chambers.
14:33 declaration of interests by Councillors
14:35 HSE have requested HBC to defer decision from today to September 2011. Tesco confirmed that the HSE meeting would not affect their declaration at this meeting.
14:41 Roof line (eaves) of Tesco’s will be 2metre above top of electric avenue roof line. Foot access to Electric Avenue will be a 2 year trial only
14:43 Explanation of plans continues including extra steel work to protect existing gas pipework
14:45 Tesco’s bench have two representatives (one Matt Magee)
14:47 Foot access on Electric Avenue between number 37 and 41
14:48 Environment Health present, NYCC Highways present
14:49 Objections speaking – massive increase traffic, no road improvement 14,000 extra movements, no extra capacity on A59, falsely proposed on reduced cross town traffic. Tesco needs 360deg catchment including Wetherby. Frightening extra traffic. Recommending an independent traffic survey, reject additional money offered by Tesco – concluding that recommends it be rejected
14:54 Expressing concerns over gas safety and referring to a 19 page report already submitted. 60-70 metre damage if the gas storage facility were to ignite
14:56 Brian Dunsby of Harrogate Chamber of Trade refusing to stop speaking after his allotted time
14:58 Member of public warned to stop speaking or she will be asked to leave the meeting. Member of public warned to stop speaking or she will be asked to leave.
14:58 Brian Dunsby appeals to the media to full cover his concerns
14:59 Brian Dunsby questioned over his concerns.
15:00 Questioned by Councillor over like for like of recent gas explosions not be a relevant comparison Further questioned on if proposed barriers are adequate but not given adequate response by Briand Dunsby.
15:02 Tescos speaking
15:03 Matt Magee speaking – Atkins report referred to does not apply. Not in interest to have traffic snarled up around store. Have take adequate measures on gas safety. 70% support from public
15:06 Questioned by Council – why declined to buy gas holder, Matt Magee said the land was not for sale and the facility is required by the Gas company
15:07 Tesco’s questioned on traffic volume by Council. Tesco confirm that they believe the traffic changes are acceptable -people will use local stores
15:09 Tesco’s questioned do they have store near roundabouts – replying that they do have 2 stores around about here to the room’s amusement – easing the tension in the room
15:11 Tesco’s – no plans for petrol station on site and 10 to 12 HGV deliveries per day
15:12 Council question if it is safe to turn off reversing sirens on HGV’s – Tesco’s confirm it is routinely done elsewhere
15:15 Tesco’s have engaged the same consultants as Massingberds to look at land pollution/ cyanide issues
15:21 Council request Tesco to stop roof parking at night to keep noise down – would be difficult to implement
15:25 Trolley Policy being discussed – will not be able to leave store area due to wheel locks
15:27 District Council for Saltergate Webber: an area of high unemployment this store is needed. North Yorkshire highways engineers – will be beneficial. C02 reduction gains.
15:30 Questions on the low-level of jobs being produced and would it be better for other use, Webber’s response but this is much better than existing.
15:31 People speaking for the plans continues
15:33 Lady asked to leave the meeting for continuing to speak out
15:35 NYCC no intention to try and include a park and ride at this site but it is being looked at elsewhere
15:38 There have been 22 Letters received from Electric Avenue – NYCC recommend restricted use of delivery yard
15:39 Traffic studies undertake in March 2007 but updated with traffic growth
15:41 Council questioned if 2 years is too long for a trial period of footpath to Electric Avenue – response that this is a sensible time
15:43 HGV access raised as a concern by councilor – NYCC confirmed it has been tracked and acceptable
15:44 HSE recommendation is advising against approval rather than rejection. Councillor questions if there were an incident at the gas facility if there could be a claim against HBC – chair confirms that would not be the case.
15:47 Councillor questions if the roundabout could be moved a little to make it easier to negotiate – and could Tesco’s do this
15:52 No bus stops will be lost although some will be relocated
16:02 Councillors continue to question NYCC officers over traffic
16:07 After 2 years residents of Electric Avenue can decide to keep footway and /or introduce a residence parking scheme
16:09 Tesco’s would pay for parking scheme however
16:21 Councillor Pat Marsh makes an impassioned speech that this scheme is not suitable for Harrogate
16:31 Another passionate speech from Councillor Reg Marsh saying that that this hasn’t been thought through as far as traffic
16:41 Final verdict APPROVED 11 for and 3 against with no abstentions