Villagers want HGV misery stopped
PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 October 2011
A COMMUNITY group wants to stop international lorries using their village as a 'through-road' after 98 per cent of villagers backed the move.
Wedmore Parish Council has put together a heavy goods vehicles (HGV) traffic group to tackle a problem which sees dozens of large lorries cutting through the village.
The head of the group, Steve George, outlined the plans at a meeting last week, which aimed to secure backing from Somerset county councillor David Huxtable and the authority’s senior transport planner Ryan Bunce.
He says the group wants to enforce the council’s own plan to direct lorries through to the appropriate roads in line with the authority’s regional transport strategy.
Mr George said: “Because of international lorries’ GPS systems there is a problem in our area of them using us as a through-road.
“We have approached David Huxtable and Ryan Bunce and we did meet some resistance at first because they thought we were trying to stop all traffic, but we are only trying to enforce their own Somerset freight plan.
“There is a lovely freight plan but they have not done anything with it.”
The group sent out a questionnaire to 48 Wedmore homes and 98 per cent of people said something should be done to reduce the number of lorries travelling through the narrow roads.
Mr George said: “There are no signs in the village to tell heavy goods vehicles that they cannot go down certain routes.”
The group identified five junctions where lorries pass through the village, which include the A38, A371 at Cheddar, A371 junction at Wells, the junction at Glastonbury and the A31.
They also devised a new map to send to lorry drivers, which has been published by the council. The HGV traffic group aims to send the map to both parties to draw some attention to the subject and put the freight plan into action.
Mr George said: “We want to let the drivers know that we can help them if they help us.”