‘Unfair restrictions cost us thousands’

Mark Westley Photography'Hill Farm, Nedging Road, Nedging.'Director Chris Chaplin who feels his business Three C's Travel is being unfairly treated by Babergh District Council with conditions meaning his buses have to drive an extra 4 miles each way to pick up children on their school run. ANL-150218-141827001
Mark Westley Photography'Hill Farm, Nedging Road, Nedging.'Director Chris Chaplin who feels his business Three C's Travel is being unfairly treated by Babergh District Council with conditions meaning his buses have to drive an extra 4 miles each way to pick up children on their school run. ANL-150218-141827001
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The owner of a bus company has said conditions placed on his business are unfair, unnecessary and are costing him thousands of pounds.

The Chaplin family have lived in Nedging for generations without issue until Chris Chaplin and his fellow directors set up Three C’s travel from the family farm in Nedging Road in 2000.

This prompted villagers to campaign for the company’s buses to be banned from turning left down Nedging Road because of safety concerns, forcing drivers to take a four-mile detour.

Mr Chaplin says this is unfair and costs the business an extra £2,000 a year in fuel costs. He was left dumbfounded recently when he was told he could not even turn left when the road to the right was closed due to roadworks.

Babergh District Council, which placed the condition on the business, said plenty of notice was given to make alternative arrangements during the closure.