HIGHWAY campaigners who unsuccessfully lobbied for a weight restriction on a residential road claim highway bosses are ‘dragging their feet’ over taking action against haulage lorries.
Shobnall Traffic Action Group was dealt a blow in February when Staffordshire County Council highway bosses instead chose to install new signs to encourage heavy goods lorries to avoid using the B5017 to enter Burton.
But since February Jan Shand, chairman of the group, said emails and phone calls to the county council’s highways department have mostly gone unanswered while the issue of lorries on the road remains.
She told the Mail: “Since June we have heard nothing at all. No one has contacted us despite us trying to get in touch with them.
“The issues on the road are continuing if not getting worse but we can’t seem to get any answers or action from highways who are at the very least dragging their feet.”
The county council’s highways department also agreed to start a dialogue with haulage companies and to monitor their use on the road.
But Mrs Shand said the group wanted to know what efforts had been made to contact haulage companies and how the county council would measure the effect of the signage.
She said: “This is the action plan but how are they going to carry it out.
“It took us two years to get to the meeting in February and we have put an awful lot of effort into this.
“Our preferred option was the weight restriction but we wanted to give their idea a try to see if it has been effective.
“But nine months has gone by and we feel fobbed off.
“The reality is that these lorries are thundering past at all hours.”
Simon Tagg, the county council’s support member for transport, said it is still waiting to secure funding for the signs while a review into traffic calming measures is ongoing.
He said: “We have met with residents to listen to their concerns and carried out a review of the volume of heavy commercial vehicles using the road.”