01/11/13

The county council has begun constructing an area to accommodate staff, offices and equipment needed to build the Heysham to M6 Link Road. Work on the road itself will not start until the legal challenge against the decision to grant permission for the project has been completed, but having the depot in place will help reduce further costly delays.

The depot will be a temporary feature as it's only needed during the two and a half year construction period and will be removed afterwards.

The recent judgement in the High Court rejecting an application for Judicial Review was very strongly in our favour, but we're now awaiting the outcome of an application to the Court of Appeal against the decision made by the High Court. 

The county council has considered the risk of having to remove the depot should the legal challenge be upheld. However, it has taken the view that the balance is in favour of constructing the depot given the strength of the High Court decision against the objector's legal case, and the benefit of saving 12 weeks in construction time and substantial costs which would be incurred by any further delay.

The depot will take around 12 weeks to build and will include temporary prefabricated buildings to provide working areas a canteen, changing and drying rooms, and toilets.

It is located at the Army camp on Halton Road next to the River Lune on land leased from the Ministry of Defence.

Construction of the depot area started on Monday 28 October.