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Objectors withdraw after user change

24th June 1966, Page 38
24th June 1966
Page 38
Page 38, 24th June 1966 — Objectors withdraw after user change
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ON Monday in Edinburgh Thomas Mitchell (Haulage) Ltd., of Ettrick Bridge, Hawick, and seven objectors agreed on terms at a hearing continued from May 9. Thomas Mitchell, formerly a joinery and haulage business, was re-formed in September, 1965 as a purely haulage business. The firm sought to switch an existing B licence to A and to operate nine A-licensed vehicles in place of five to carry livestock, agricultural produce and requisites over 80 miles, timber from the Scottish traffic area to England and Wales, dead meat from the company's area for two named clients and parcels from the Border tweed and hosiery mills to London and Prestwick Airport.

At the renewed hearing evidence was given regarding an expansion of timber selling and transportation from the Scottish Border arising from a reduction of coal mining, use of timber and the post-war development of forests. Evidence was also given that pilfering had become a major problem for mills sending to London and that a direct service would receive support.

The objectors did not produce evidence and agreement was reached between the parties that Thomas Mitchell would abandon the application for dead meat transport and the London parcels service. That left the timber haulage work and the extended scope of the agricultural service. Mr. A. B. Birnie, the Scottish Licensing Authority, said there was some justification for the expansion of timber haulage facilities and accepted the withdrawal of objections on the terms proposed. This now gives Thomas Mitchell an A licence for nine vehicles of 49-1 tons to carry livestock, agricultural produce and requisites within 80 miles, and timber within the Scottish traffic area to England and Wales.

Old-age Concessions: The Grimsby and Cleethorpes Joint Transport Committee decided last week to give further consideration to allowing concessionary bus fares to old-age pensioners. aged 65 and over—instead of those aged 70 and over under the present system. The matter has been deferred to the next meeting of the Committee for certain information to be obtained,

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