Dixons Bank - a tree lined attractive approach to MartonThe scheme widens the carriageway to add a northbound slip road west to ‘encourage’ commuters to turn left at the lights rather than continue north to the hospital or Middlesbrough. .The scheme would require the removal of almost all the trees on the east side of the road. Trees that were required to be planted by the developer as traffic screening for the original housing estates.
Failure to consult affected residents
In September 2017, seven residents with drives that opened onto Dixons Bank were notified formally and consulted over the proposal to add extra lanes to Dixons Bank and Stainton Way at the approaches north and east of the junction. They all rejected the proposal. The Council did not consider the residents who back onto the roads or the local Parish Councils worthy of consultation (it is not a legal requirement to consult, but is a recognised good practice) so the first thing they might have known about the proposal would have been the commencement of the roadworks. After some strong challenges and complaints the Council have agreed to extend the consultation and formally consult 82 residents. However, as of 17/12/17, no letters have been received from the council - I guess hanging on until Christmas to minimise the time residents have to complete their responses.
Community Council Meetings
As a follow up to the initial complaints over the failure to consult, the Council sent the Principal Transport Planning Officer to field (non-political) questions at council meeting held by Marton West, East & Nunthorpe. While these meetings gave residents some answers, they have not answered the overriding question of why the council transport planners think this proposal will work - we are still waiting for the survey information and reports to back up the scheme proposal - after all, it is a lot of money £1.7million and huge commuter disruption for an act of faith!
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On 19th December, the Council placed on their website South West Middlesbrough Microsimulation Model Forecasting Report and Addendum, dated 09-Dec-2016. These reports make interesting reading as they do not obviously support Dixons Bank and Stainton Way widening as the top priority for alleviating the Marton Crawl. In-fact the report states that the benefits of widening of Dixons Bank are nullified by 2030 - that doesn’t sound like money well spent. So the question is why are the Council so keen on this scheme?On 27th November Middlesbrough Council agree to extend the consultation to 12th January and later, this was extended further to 18th March 2018.On 10th July 2018, Middlesbrough Council Executive approve the A172 Dixons Bank / Stainton Way Highways Improvement Scheme in its original form, ignoring every aspect of the public consultationOn 12th July 2018, Middlesbrough Council unveil Nunthorpe Grange Farm development - a further 250 properties to be built in the area.