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Council in village blighted by HGV issues opposes controversial Inland Border Facility


LYMM Parish Council is opposing the controversial Inland Border Facility at nearby Appleton Thorn due to traffic chaos caused by HGVs.

Lymm Parish Council has responded to the proposed facility at Appleton Thorn where the former Shearing’s site has been earmarked for the development of a new, temporary Inland Border facility which will act as an office for starting and ending transit movements of goods to and from the UK from Heysham and Liverpool. The site has been selected for use as an inland border facility because of its close proximity to the M6/M56 motorway interchange, providing access to the regional motorway network connections specifically to Liverpool and Heysham.
Chairman Geoff Hawley stated: “We are vehemently opposed to the development and have very serious concerns about the facility and its potential impact on Lymm and south Warrington. The Parish Council will be liaising with the relevant organisations to minimise its impact on Lymm’s residents and visitors.”
Lymm Parish Council will be using local knowledge of the area to influence decisions on signage, routes and automatic number plate recognition to prevent Lymm becoming a short cut to increasing amounts of HGVs. Lymm residents are fully aware of the recent chaos caused by HGVs inappropriately travelling through the village. Added to this is the impact of the closure of the Thelwall viaduct on traffic through south Warrington causing delays of several hours to travellers. The Warburton Toll bridge is not suitable for HGVs in excess of 3 tonnes and with the long overdue maintenance work on the swing bridges over the Manchester Ship Canal combined with large new housing developments, this will simply add to the chaos and congestion.”
The facility is due to open in 2021. In the meantime, further information and responses from the public can be made on the Inland Border website at


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