Anger at lorry misery

RESIDENTS claim they are being plagued by lorries using their street as a short cut. Householders in Abingdon Road say the noise and vibrations caused by the vehicles is horrendous. They met with Burnham and Highbridge town councillor Arthur Thorogood a

RESIDENTS claim they are being plagued by lorries using their street as a short cut. Householders in Abingdon Road say the noise and vibrations caused by the vehicles is horrendous. They met with Burnham and Highbridge town councillor Arthur Thorogood and Wells MP David Heathcoat-Amory to discuss the issue.One of them, Cherry Starkey, said: "They make the whole building vibrate."Anne Greendale added: "We are aware there is a need for some lorries to deliver to businesses in the street, but in the mornings it is horrendous. Surely the county council can put a limit on the size of lorries coming down this road?"The residents are also concerned about the safety of pupils travelling to and from St Joseph's Primary School. Cllr Thorogood said: "Some of these lorries use the road at 5.30am and shake the houses. The buildings are on solid sand and continued vibrations could do permanent damage."I think the lorries are using the road as a short cut while the works at Asda roundabout are being carried out. They are using the road to cut across town and join the M5, but they need to understand this is a residential area and the road is too narrow for lorries. It is only a matter of time before one of them hits a car or, even worse, a child."Mr Heathcoat-Amory said he will now be taking the matter to Somerset County Council, which is responsible for highways. He said: "I shall be asking the council to examine the problem and to consider signage and weight restrictions.


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