Concern over latest Lomas lorry parking plans in Fairfield

Lomas lorry
Lomas lorry

Angry residents have vowed to continue fighting controversial plans by a Buxton transport firm to park lorries on an industrial estate near their homes.

The Advertiser reported last month how Lomas Distribution had submitted a planning application for permission to park 10 lorries on Tongue Lane Industrial Estate, only for it to be later withdrawn.

Another application, this time for 15 vehicles and 12 trailers, has now been submitted to High Peak Borough Council.

Ward councillor Fiona Sloman said: “This fight is the little people versus the big man, and too many people don’t want these plans to go through.

“People are saying that these lorries have been there for years and all that is doing is helping to strengthen Lomas’ case, because the company can then claim it has history in the town. But why should the lorries park there when there is a specific designated site for their use at Waterswallows?”

The latest application seeks permission to park 15 HGVs and 12 HGV trailers, as well as the use of a building as a workshop and associated car parking.

Mo Newbold of Princes Road, Fairfield, said: “There is a junior school at the end of the road. People live here and I am frightened that Lomas are just looking to make a lorry park, which isn’t right in a residential area.

“If this was happening near their homes they would do all they could to stop it, but when we do it we are getting ignored.”

A statutory declaration to the council states LD Transport Services was granted a goods vehicle operating licence for ten vehicles to park on the site back in 2003.

A Queen’s Road resident, who did not wished to be named, said: “Dew Pond Lane industrial estate has been allowed to develop continually since the 1980s without adequate access in place.

“An access road was part of the original planning but was never built.

“Lomas have submitted two planning applications and withdrawn them once residents lodged their significant opposition, then they submit another. Is this designed to slip our notice or make us give up?

“These vehicles are too big and too numerous for our narrow streets.”

Coun Sloman added: “We are not trying to harm the business and we are not trying to create any negative impact on profit. We just want a bit of consideration for the people who live in Fairfield.

“The lorries thunder up and down all hours of the night - it is worse when they are empty - and now we are getting close to summer people can’t sleep with their windows open on a hot night, which is wrong.”

Lomas Distribution was approached for a response but declined to comment.