Haulier Wins Planning Appeal
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A PLANNING appeal concerning his rk depot at Oldbury has been won by Mr. Sam Anderson, Motherwell. Oldbury Town Council had refused permission for the building of garage premises adjoining the existing haulage depot. Many local residents had petitioned against the development, but at a public inquiry in January the area planning officer said that the user of the depOt could not be terminated as the premises had been used for similar purposes before 1947.
Messrs. Jones, Son and Vernon, auctioneers and surveyors, submitted to the Minister of Housing and Local Government that the council's refusal had been unduly influenced by local prejudice against the appellants, who contended that the development would improve the appearance of the site and benefit local amenities. Vehicles would no longer have to be parked on the highway. The council had no ground to substantiate their decision.
[A licensing appeal by Mr. Anderson was reported on April 12.] CORPORATION COSTS CRITICIZED
WHEN Glasgow Corporation last week discussed the cost of building bus bodies, Cfir. G. Reid said that more had been spent on constructing 30 single-deck bodies at Coplawhill works than the price tendered by W. Alexander and Co. (Coachbuilders), Ltd. He added that £5,327 had been spent on rebuilding the works floor for this job.
CUL McCrossan agreed with the figures, but thought that it was important for the corporation to employ their .own labour and develop bodybuilding in Scotland. Scottish companies had been given contracts although their tenders were higher than those•of English concerns, but they had gained experience and were now competing on price.
For the same reason it was desirable to develop resources at Coplawhill, which. would take time to prove themselves.