VIDEO footage which shows a woman pulling a man out of the path of a lorry failed to move councillors in a row over safety in a rural village.

Residents in Pencaitland urged East Lothian Council to intervene over a housing development amid claims it would make an already dangerous road even more dangerous.

They said plans to build 120 new houses and flats off Lempckwells Road, did not take account of the added pressure it would put on the street.

And they posted several videos showing HGVs forced onto the pavement by oncoming cars and one of a man being hauled out of the way of an oncoming lorry, on social media highlighting the problems.

At a meeting of East Lothian Council's planning committee today, however, members were told they were only being asked to vote on the landscape and design of the development itself, not any traffic concerns.

Iain McFarlane, head of planning, said the time to raise concerns about traffic matters had passed and the plans, which were initially rejected by the local authority in 2014 before being overturned on appeal by the Scottish Government Reporter, stood.

However Ralph Averbuch, chairman of Pencaitland Community Council accused the council's planners of failing to meet their statutory duty to engage with the community.

He told the meeting the community council had contacted planners on a number of occasions asking to be consulted and were ignored.

He said: "We went out of our way to ask to be consulted but were not even given the courtesy of a response. There was a fundamental failure in how we were treated."

Councillor Brian Small, opposition group leader, moved for a continuation of the planning decision after being told a road impact survey hda been carried out at the road two weeks ago but results were not available.

However he was outvoted and the planning consent went through by eight votes to three