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Temporary width restriction proposed in Collier Row road

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 November 2015

Residents of Faircross Avenue in Collier Row are concerned that too many lorriews are using their road as a cut through

Residents of Faircross Avenue in Collier Row are concerned that too many lorriews are using their road as a cut through

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A temporary width restriction on a residential road is being proposed after residents complained about HGV lorries causing potential damage to their properties.

More than 180 residents have signed a petition for something to be done about lorry drivers using Faircross Avenue, Collier Row, as a “rat run” and making houses in the area vibrate.

Terry Smith, 67, of Faircross Avenue, said: “This has been a problem that has been going on for years.

“Lorries that are a lot lighter are only allowed to come down here and yet the drivers go against that and use it as an alternative route.

“I have been here for 30 years and it’s only got worse.

“They have damaged the roads, but we have no idea of the real extent of what has been done to the houses.”

A plan to install temporary width restrictions in the road was originally rejected by the council in 2013, but at a meeting which was attended by more than 50 concerned residents last week, it was decided the proposal would be made to the highways advisory committee.

It was also suggested that council CCTV camera cars would also be deployed at random times in order to deter lorry drivers.

Terry said: “We were very pleased with how the meeting went and the result.

“Hopefully the proposal will be accepted and this will be the beginning of the end.”

Cllr Robert Benham, cabinet member for environment, said: “We are well aware that some HGV drivers are ignoring weight controls in this area and are looking at introducing width restrictions.

“This proposal will be considered by the highways advisory committee in early November.”


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