York Way is a busy, often dangerous road, especially at the crest of the hill near Randell’s Road. Turning into and out of Randell’s Road and crossing as a pedestrian there are hairy activities – in one direction the cars are on you in an instant coming suspiciouly fast over the hill and they can’t see you. At the junction is the sleepy Transeuropean Autos site on the old garage at the Randells Road junction (it sells left hand drive cars, not much seems to happen there – i lived around the corner from 2001-2008 and visit regularly). Concrete lorries come and go from our old friend the Cemex Plant on Randell’s Road. There is a planning application P110941 in for a temporary change of use of the Transeuropean site from a car showroom to a Travis Perkins builders merchant.
This is a lucrative move given the scale of construction in the area. The store will be popular with the vast numbers of builders swarming all over Kings Cross. Anticipating traffic issues, Travis have put in a traffic survey with their application to try to prove that the change of use will decrease traffic numbers. But you can drive a bus through it.
Hilariously they seem to have based their vehicle movement measurement on active car dealerships across the country and on measurements often taken from 2007 and earlier when the economy was much more active for car sales. Conveniently ignoring that fact that there are very few vehicle movements each day to and from the current site and have been for many years. And they don’t provide any independent measurements of traffic to and from a busy branch of Travis Perkins – just an innocent sounding letter from head office with their estimates. A more useful set of data which they don’t supply would be movements to and from the current site over a month and movements to and from Travis branches next to 60 acre construction sites.
All credit to Travis Perkins for chutzpah but I’ll be opposing this application. You can oppose, support or comment here in a couple of clicks or if the link doesn’t work look for application P110941, you have until 23 June to comment.