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2nd February 1985
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THE OPERATING centre of Miles Fox Haulage was visited by North Western Licensing Authority Roy Hutchings, following complaints from local residents about the firm's operations at a public inquiry.

He has reserved judgment on an application from Miles Fox, trading as Miles Fox Haulage of Clitheroe, to renew his international licence in respect of 10 vehicles, an increase of three over the previous licence. There were representations from Ribble Valley Borough Council and a Mr and Mrs R. Barnowski, Mr Fox said the seven existing vehicles would continue to be based at Duck Street {which has been in use for over 60 years) while the three additional vehicles would be kept at the premises of the Horrocksford Lime Company.

To meet the delivery requirements of his customers, vehicles had to leave the Duck Street premises between 5am and 6.30am. They returned between 3pm and 6pm Monday to Thursday and up to 7pm on a Friday, when the longer distance vehicles returned to base.

On Saturdays, vehicles used the premises between 5pm and midnight and on Sundays, some vehicles left at lunchtime.

Maintenance was carried out on Saturdays up to 6pm and on Sundays between 10am and midday.

However, on occasions, emergencies required maintenance to be carried out in the evenings and vehicles were also sometimes delayed. He thought that that occurred about twice a week.

For the Barnowskis, who live beside the yard, Ian Geldard said they were concerned about smell, noise and disturbance to their property.

Commenting on a surveyor's report produced, Mr Hutchings said that it stated that damage to the property was of long standing and he was not satisfied that it was caused by vehicles.

For the council it was said that negotiations were well advanced for the firm to move to an industrial site. It would not be happy for any additional vehicles to be based at Duck Street, and suggested that the licence be limited to 12 months, by which time the new premises might be ready.

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