Test centre is safe for now
WISBECH Driving Test Centre has been saved, at least for the the time being, after plans for a new multi purpose test centre in King s Lynn were rejected by planners. The centre had been earmarked by the Department of Transport as one of 70 across the co
WISBECH Driving Test Centre has been saved, at least for the the time being, after plans for a new multi purpose test centre in King's Lynn were rejected by planners.
The centre had been earmarked by the Department of Transport as one of 70 across the country for closure, to be replaced by a 'supersize' centre at King's Lynn which was planned by the Driving Standards Agency.
But West Norfolk Borough Council's development control board overwhelmingly objected to the plans, despite the planning case officer recommending approval.
Members agreed with protesters about the extra traffic that would be created by learner drivers.
You may also want to watch:
Tony Lucas, secretary of Wisbech and District Driving Instructors Association, said: "This particular issue may be won but the future of the Wisbech Driving Test Centre is still far from assured."
The decision came as a relief to instructors, who had gathered more than 6,000 signatures objecting to the proposals.
- 1 'Loving, caring family man' dies in hospital weeks after A141 crash
- 2 Work to improve A47 between March and Peterborough begins
- 3 Dramatic pictures catch harvester on fire in 4am blaze
- 4 Illegal poachers stopped in their tracks by eagle-eyed public
- 5 Stolen French bulldog reunited with Wisbech owners 160 miles away
- 6 Princes win top food and drink industry award
- 7 Child rapist, 57, behind bars for sexually abusing three children
- 8 Granddaughter launches bid to help others thanks to football legend
- 9 Police pursuit of suspected hare coursers ends in success
Mr Lucas said: "We have been delighted with the support of the public, local MPs and the intervention of Borough Councillors Vivienne Spikings (Councillor for Upwell and Delph) and Charles Joyce, who both had the application reported to the board, and Margaret Wilkinson, who spoke in support of the objection."
Mr Lucas added that driving instructors associations have already asked the DSA to think carefully before making its next decision in relation to the multipurpose test centre project and the future of Wisbech Driving Test Centre, urging it to work with instructors to seek a solution.