The decision to approve a road widening scheme to help tackle the Marton Crawl is to face fresh questions amid claims scores of residents objections were missed out. Middlesbrough Council’s Executive last month approved recommendations to rejig the ‘Southern Cross’ junction at Dixons Bank and Stainton Way, as part of a wider scheme to ease traffic flow across the town. Council officers had recommended proposals to create two lanes on the northbound and eastbound approaches to the junction. But the decision to approve the A172 Dixons Bank/Stainton Way Highway Improvement Scheme has now been ‘called-in’ by Nunthorpe and Marton West ward councillors who think the decision needs to be looked at again. Independent member for Nunthorpe, Jon Rathmell, and Conservative members for Marton West, Cllrs Chris and John Hobson, formally raised concerns about the decision. They are not only questioning the accuracy of data showing the amount of vehicles using the stretch … [Read more...] about Plan to tackle ‘Marton Crawl’ to face fresh scrutiny
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A road widening scheme to help tackle the infamous Marton Crawl has been approved despite “overwhelming local opposition”. Middlesbrough Council’s executive has agreed to rejig the ‘Southern Cross’ junction at Dixons Bank and Stainton Way, as part of a wider scheme to ease traffic flow across the town. Congestion at the junction forms part of the wider problem with peak-time traffic on Marton Road heading into Middlesbrough, commonly known as “the Marton Crawl”. Council officers recommended proposals to create two lanes on the northbound and eastbound approaches to the junction. At an executive meeting on Tuesday, Cllr Lewis Young, the executive member for economic development and infrastructure, said the idea was to encourage drivers to turn left onto Stainton Way rather than continue along the busy Marton Road route. But Nunthorpe Parish Council’s Ken Tomlinson said the proposed scheme would do little to solve traffic congestion and had … [Read more...] about ‘Marton Crawl’ road widening works approve despite opposition
Plans to build more than 100 extra homes at a controversial housing development have been recommended for approval despite objections. Middlesbrough Council ’s planning committee will decide on Friday whether to approve proposals to build a further 116 houses at the Grey Towers Village development in Nunthorpe . If approved, the extra dwellings would bring the total number of houses at the completed Dixons Bank development to 411 - up from developer David Wilson Homes’ original plans for 295 houses. Council officers have formally recommended that the new homes be approved by the council’s planning committee, despite receiving 35 objections from residents living close to the development. Many of the objections - “inadequate access”, “inadequate public transport provision” and “inadequate local highway infrastructure” - referred the problem of the so-called Marton Crawl. One formal objection listed in the report came from Nunthorpe … [Read more...] about Housing expansion set to be approved despite ‘Marton Crawl’ fears
A cafe dubbed “just what Nunthorpe needs” has opened to rave reviews. The Naughty Habit is now open for business on Guisborough Road . And as well as being a new venture for the Middlesbrough suburb, it is also a change in direction for owner Gary Bennett. “I have been in the building trade for 40 years but I have always been passionate about food,” said Gary, of Marton. “A couple of years ago I started a street food van - The Noodle Shack. And it really took off. I would go to all the food festivals and Northern Dales Farmers’ Markets. “Eventually I thought I wouldn’t mind getting somewhere, and I came across this cafe. “I was working around the corner one day and I couldn’t get anything to eat. “I stumbled across here. It was pretty run down and all boarded up.” Gary then managed to track down the owner and come to an agreement on the lease. Work then started on the building, which has been lovingly revamped. … [Read more...] about ‘Just what Nunthorpe needs’: Cafe opens to rave reviews
We Teessiders love a moan about the state of our roads. But the ‘Beast from the East’ leaving potholes in its wake not to mention the everyday traffic snarl up on one of the routes in to Middlesbrough has contributed to much gnashing of teeth just lately. But we reckon there’ll be more than a few of you who will remember when it was ‘all just fields.’ We’re talking Dixons Bank near Nunthorpe and Marton, of course, part of the notoriously congested Marton Crawl stretch of road well known for its slow moving traffic at rush hour. A stretch of the road was closed earlier this week while potholes left by the recent bad weather were repaired and a consultation is currently underway to work out the best way of tackling congestion at its notorious bottlenecks. It had us here at Remember When harking back to a time when there was much less traffic on the road - and, as our picture shows, much less housing and development lining the route too. The image, from … [Read more...] about Remember when the Marton Crawl was all just fields?