Car counter on Ineos road

Falkirk Council planners placed vehicle monitoring devices on the section of Bo'ness Road Ineos wants to close off

Falkirk Council planners placed vehicle monitoring devices on the section of Bo'ness Road Ineos wants to close off

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Council planners have started monitoring the traffic flow on a road which petrochemical giant Ineos is looking to close to the public.

The Grangemouth firm now has lodged plans with Falkirk Council to permanently close a section of the town’s Bo’ness Road and now the council is using monitoring devices to ascertain how busy the particular stretch is before the matter comes before the planning committee.

A council spokesman said: “We often use traffic counters across the area to monitor traffic levels as it helps us assess what developers put forward in their planning applications.

“At this particular location we expect the counters to be in place for up to two weeks.”

Ineos applied to temporarily close the stretch of the A904 from Inchyra Road to Wholeflats Road last year in order to carry out vital work on its petrochemical site.

Last month it submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) with the council to permanently close the road between Inchyra Road and a point east of the Avon Bridge.

An Ineos spokesperson said: “To realise the full potential of the Grangemouth site we firmly believe it is necessary to permanently close the Bo’ness Road between Inchyra Road and a point east of Avon Bridge.

“We have submitted a PAN with a subsequent planning application to be submitted to Falkirk Council in November.”

The petrochemical business wants to set up a security controlled access for the public road.