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controversial plans to radically alter the Mayfield Road junction have been scrapped due to the level of public opposition.

Highways bosses at North Yorkshire County Council have gone back to the drawing board after shelving their first project which would have seen the left turn out of Waterstead Lane and the right turn into it towards the Fishburn banned and traffic re-routed through the town centre.

At an extra-ordinary meeting held by Whitby Town Council to discuss the proposals Stephen Wright from NYCC’s highways team said: “It is fair to say we are not going to take the first option further, we have put that on the back-burner and all we are looking at is the second option”.

The second option doesn’t restrict any movements but would see the pelican crossing between the A171 and Mayfield Road removed along with a crossing point on Prospect Hill and changes to the traffic light signalling system.

But at the meeting on Tuesday night, attended by around 30 members of the public it was felt the plans were not clear enough, they didn’t go into enough detail and the consultation area still isn’t wide enough.

Valma Child from Airy Hill Manor said: “I certainly did not get the detail of the effect of the first proposal until I had a meeting with you. It was not clear, it was not clear to anybody. Where has this proposal gone out? It is a little wider but not as wide as it should be.”

Tom Broderick thought the presentation was “half-hearted”, under prepared and simple symbols could have been used on plans to denote things such as traffic lights which had been missed off original drawings.

Dalton Peake suggested changing the Community College access through the housing estate instead of Mayfield Road and looking at the width of the footpaths on Prospect Hill.

He added: “The junction has been thought about in too narrow a context and wants to be thought about in a wider context.”

Mr Wright said the comments would be taken back and new clearer, yet more detailed pland distributed and discussed again at a public meeting.

Mayor of Whitby, Coun John Freeman added: “Members of the public are anxious about this and it is a major consideration for the town.

“People have put some very good ideas forward. One of the problems is putting everybody’s ideas into one pot and it will be interesting to see what comes of this.”

Around £500,000 has been earmarked for the project with £300,000 coming from Sainsbury’s, Homebase and the Eskdale Park housing developer.

A roundabout to replace the junction and traffic lights has been ruled out because it would cost around £1.5 million and involve major digging up of the road.