Road widening works finally scheduled at fast food giant in Motherwell

Road widening works are finally set for the completion outside Tim Hortons in Motherwell.

The long standing saga is finally set to be completed with a temporary road closure in place between Saturday, October 9, until Sunday, October 17.

Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig councillor Agnes Magowan is delighted, especially for constituents who live in the Dalzell Avenue area, the Heron View Estate and the pupils, parents and staff at local schools.

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She said: “At long last Tim Hortons are taking action to widen the road at the junction of Knowetop Avenue and Windmillhill Street.

“I hope this development has a positive effect on the congestion in this area and my constituents can have easier and safer access to their homes and schools.

“I look forward to this work being completed in the near future.”

The original planning permission in August 2018 set out that the business had to widen the road at Knowetop Avenue into two distinct lanes on approach to its junction with Windmillhill Street before the site could commence use.

Tim Hortons subsequently brought forward a proposal to delay completion of the road works until four months after opening and the restaurant commenced use for drive-thru and takeaway in December 2020, even though the number of objections submitted meant that the matter had to be put to a future meeting of the council’s planning committee for a decision.

In January, elected members on the committee granted retrospective planning permission and the amended condition stated the road should be widened by no later than April 22, but this target date was also missed.

North Lanarkshire Council then proceeded with enforcement action and issued a breach of condition notice with the business informed that the works had to be completed by Sunday, October 17, and before schools return from the October break.

In May, a Tim Hortons spokeswoman said the company were “absolutely committed” to fulfilling the planning requirement “as soon as possible”.

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Daily Record – Motherwell