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
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A decision to stop a vote on whether to approve extra houses at an upmarket housing estate led to angry exchanges at a council meeting. Middlesbrough Council’s planning and development committee considered plans to allow a further 116 houses to be built at Grey Towers development in Nunthorpe . The extra dwellings will bring the total number of houses at the Dixons Bank development to 411 - up from the original 295. Although the plans by David Wilson Homes had been recommended for approval by officers, concerns about increased traffic contributing to the ‘Marton Crawl’ and pressure on schools and services were shared by councillors from all parties. The meeting on Friday descended into acrimony and confusion over the handling of the vote. The Labour committee chair, Cllr Margaret Walters put the plans to the vote and asked for those in favour to raise their hands. However, when only four hands went up, Cllr Walters stopped the vote half-way through. “I suggest … [Read more...] about Meeting over Nunthorpe homes descends into acrimony
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?