British Gypsum, part of the Saint-Gobain Group, has submitted a planning application to Leicestershire County Council to improve the efficiency of transport operations at its works near Barrow upon Soar.
Barrow Works Logistics Manager Jonathan Male explains: “Barrow Works plays an important role in the supply of bagged plaster to the UK construction industry. We are continually looking at ways to improve our operation here and secure the role the site and its team will play into the future.
“This application seeks the go ahead to increase the efficiency of our transport, both for bringing materials in, and taking product out for onward delivery to our customers around the UK.”
British Gypsum claims the proposed changes offer benefits including shorter, more direct journeys, improved working conditions for drivers; and reduced peak-time traffic and emissions.
The plans have been met with some controversy from local people, raising concerns over the numbers of lorry movements and times in which vehicles will be coming in and out of the site, as well as in regards to a lack of reassuring communication with locals.
British Gypsum has offered to meet with the Highways Authority to look in more detail at traffic on Paudy Lane. In particular, the company will look at improved signage at the Paudy Lane/Big Lane crossroads and conditions for vulnerable road users such as cyclists.
British Gypsum expects to receive a response from Leicestershire County Council within 12 weeks – once it has gone through its own consultation exercise.