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Duddery Hill Depot
« on: July 14, 2011, 09:36:00 AM »
Two Haverhill councillors have been thanked for their help in bringing to an end the sleepless nights and disturbance suffered by the occupants or properties that neighbour a busy bus depot.


St Edmundsbury councillors Maureen Byrne (who is now also mayor) and Anne Gower proved instrumental is helping residents in Orchard Close and Clements Lane put a stop to the former Burtons Coaches depot in Duddery Hill being used during unsociable hours.

The depot, which is now occupied by Stephensons of Essex following the collapse of Burtons, is now subject of an order issued by St Edmundsbury Council that restricts ‘repairs and any other industrial processes’ from taking place before 7am or after 7pm, Monday to Saturday, or before 7am and after 3pm on Sundays.

Chrissie and Tony Draper, who have lived in Clements Lane for 34 years, hosted several meetings at their home with other concerned residents and made several complaints to the borough council since 2006, when Burtons started working noisily through the night.

Mrs Draper, 61, said: “We never had any joy at coming to an agreement until Cllr Gower and Cllr Byrne got involved.

“We did it as a community.

“We got all our neighbours in our house and we had meetings, but without these two ladies we still would be in the same boat.”

After getting the good news, Mrs Draper said: “It was like winning the Lottery.”

Cllr Byrne was helped by solicitor Nick Wray in getting 11 affidavits from fed-up residents, with Mr Wray also receiving special thanks for waiving any charge for his services.

Mr Draper, 64, also pointed out that Stephensons has been ‘neighbour friendly’ since taking over the depot.

For all the latest news see today’s (Thursday, July 14) Echo.




http://www.haverhillecho.co.uk/news/haverhill_bus_depot_ruling_was_like_lottery_win_1_2860734

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« Last Edit: July 15, 2011, 08:26:02 PM by Martin »

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Re: Stephensons in trouble already.........
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2011, 10:27:41 AM »
To be honest, what else do you expect if you live next to a bus depot or anywhere else that operates almost 24/7? Correct me if I'm wrong, but Premier were based there since the 1950's to the takeover by Burtons?

It's a bit like living next to a railway line and complaining about the noise from train horns.... :P

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Re: Stephensons in trouble already.........
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2011, 11:39:26 AM »
Premier Travel's depot was on Camps Road as I recall. I'm fairly sure that Burtons had been on Duddery Hill more or less since formation.*

*- OK, since 1972 then, having read below.  ;)
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Re: Stephensons in trouble already.........
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2011, 11:41:47 AM »
How ungrateful some people are,Stephenson made sure they had a seamless bus service,they could have ignored there plight and left them with no bus service
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Re: Stephensons in trouble already.........
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2011, 11:48:41 AM »
The full details of this can be found on the St Edmundsbury BC planning website (ref: SE/11/0156)

In essence when planning permission was granted back in December 1971 conditions were imposed on the times these works could take place. Burtons applied, on the basis that "the repair, servicing, fuelling, cleaning and washing of vehicles, as required, has taken place on an uninterupted basis since 1972 outside of the hours permitted."

Interestingly the council has decided that: "on the basis of the evidence submitted the Local Planning Authority concludes that ‘on the balance of probabilities’ the continued use of premises in breach of condition 3 of permission S/71/1001/Hv (that restricted repairs and any other industrial processes to take place only between the hours of 7.00am and 7.00pm on weekdays and Saturdays and between 7.00 am and 3.00pm on Sundays) has not been carried out for a continuous period of more than ten years prior to the date of the application."

This appears contray to a number of submissions made by a number of people involved in the business over many years. It will be interesting to see if either Stephensons appeal the case - assuming they aren't required to start again, or whether they look to move the depot to a more industrial location.

It maybe that by not taking over the coach side of the business it causes them less of an issue - but these conditions to seem a challenge for a business that by it's very nature will have vehicles return and leave the depot at unsocialable hours.

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Re: Stephensons in trouble already.........
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2011, 11:19:52 PM »
It is believed to be part of the reason why the National Express work transferred to Excel at Stansted. Most of those vehicles could only be cleaned and maintained at night.

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Re: Stephensons in trouble already.........
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2011, 09:01:47 AM »
Really really silly. They should try living near London depots, some of those (off the top of my head, Leyton and New Cross) are near or in residental areas, and they have constant flow of buses in and out 24 hours a day. Those nimbys living near Stephenson's depot have got it easy.
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Re: Stephensons in trouble already.........
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2011, 05:49:35 PM »
The only ran 24hr because of the clapped out citybuses

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Re: Duddery Hill Depot
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2011, 11:11:16 PM »
The Premier Travel depot was indeed on Camps Road - where the doctor's surgery is now.

When Burtons did NX work from Haverhill the coaches came and went from the Duddery Hill garage during the night which was one of the things which upset the neighbours.

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