THE construction of a new exit at Waltonwrays Crematorium, in Carleton Road, to create a one-way system into and out of the site should help reduce traffic problems, members of Craven District Council’s planning committee heard.

The application would require the removal of a section of the boundary wall to Carleton Road.

An independent heritage consultant said the proposed access would create a loss of a section of the original stone boundary, but that this harm was low level and that potential harm did not outweigh the benefits.

Planning committee members were told Skipton Town Council wanted a suggested 30mph limit for the road to be in place before the new exit is opened.

However the committee was told the speed limit was part of a separate issue which was being addressed by highways and the plan before them was just in relation to creating a separate exit.

Similarly, following a suggestion from Cllr Richard Pringle that the council should look at helping alleviate parking problems along Carleton Road at busy times and perhaps the council could purchase a plot of land from the Wyvern developers, he was told it was a separate issue.

Councillor Andy Brown asked that a sign be placed at the exit asking people to ‘turn left’ to minimise road problems. Members voted to approve the plans with the informal sign.