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Campaigners threaten to cause roads ‘disruption’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 09, 2012

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TRAFFIC campaigners say they are prepared to ‘cause disruption’ for motorists unless they start getting answers from highways chiefs.

Shobnall Traffic Action Group (STAG) is still awaiting traffic survey results conducted by officials at Staffordshire County Council four months ago.

The group is calling for a 7.5-tonne weight limit on the B5017 to prevent lorries using the residential road as a shortcut to Burton business parks.

Highways officers carried out a detailed investigation between May and June looking into the volume of trucks using the road to get an accurate analysis of the problem.

Jan Shand, leader of STAG, said: “We’re trying to work closely with Staffordshire County Council but we feel like they’re really dragging their feet.

“We’re getting very little response from them despite sending numerous emails to chase them for the survey results. It’s not good enough, it’s been four months since they did it and we feel this is a sufficient amount of time for the results to be analysed and discussed.

“Residents are writing to the council raising concerns but they are all receiving a very similar response saying that they are working closely with STAG — but they actually aren’t . It means we can’t tell the residents anything when they come back to us with questions.

“The traffic problem has been going on for years and STAG has been pushing for this action for nearly two years. Enough is enough.

“We haven’t even had any contact from our local county councillors who are supposed to be representing us and helping us speed up the process.”

STAG is also asking people to support calls for speed restrictions on the road following news that hundreds of extra cars could soon use it — if two proposed housing developments are given the thumbs-up.

She added: “We have nearly 700 signatures on our petition and we’re planning to take it to the council offices to hand it in at the end of the month.

“The petition is the first stage of our action plan and we will be ramping things up if we continue to be ignored.

“We have other actions planned to cause disruption if we don’t start getting answers.

“Anyone who is affected by the hauliers can sign the petition and show their support by calling me on 01283 567094.”

A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council said: “We’ve been working closely with the communities over their concerns about the volume of lorries using the B5017 and agreed to monitor the traffic flow in the area 24 hours a day over a seven day period.

“We have now collected all of the video data from this, but as you can imagine analysing all of this footage to determine which haulage companies are using this road does take some time.

“We need make sure that we accurately record the number and types of vehicles passing along the road.

“We are planning to meet with residents in November and have let them know we should have the information from the survey available shortly.”

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