14:06 Tuesday 05 February 2013

Weight limit plan not council's preference

Written byTIM FLETCHER

Janet Shand lives on Shobnall Rd and says that her House vibrates every time a lorry drives past. Janet Shand lives on Shobnall Rd and says that her House vibrates every time a lorry drives past.

HIGHWAYS chiefs are considering bowing to pressure from campaigners to introduce weight restrictions on a Burton road plagued by lorries.

But Staffordshire County Council says introducing such a move is ‘not their preferred option’ to resolve the long-standing issue on the B5017 Shobnall Road, Forest Road and Henhurst Hill.

Assessing the impact of a temporary 7.5 tonne weight limit for up to 18 months is one of seven options presented by the authority to Shobnall Traffic Action Group (STAG), which has been campaigning for restrictions to combat noise, damage to parked cars and safety concerns.

However, the council says its preferred option is improving signage on the route to encourage HGVs to use other roads, a move which STAG founder Jan Shand says would fail to address the problem.

She told the Mail: “I can’t see how signage is going to make the slightest difference. We get the same lorries here every night and they’re not going to change because of a few signs.

“Our point is that unless there’s a weight limit, it’s not going to stop happening. We feel a temporary weight limit would offer the chance for a measured assessment of the issues and whether there’d be an impact on other roads.”

The document will be discussed at a meeting between STAG and the council, which was originally due to be held in November but has now been rescheduled for February 25.

Other options to be considered include ‘gateway signage’ at either end of the road to emphasise its residential nature, speed awareness measures, continued dialogue with local hauliers and improving off-street parking off Shobnall Road.

Meanwhile, Mrs Shand criticised the council’s decision to approve a new road to the proposed Red House Farm development off Reservoir Road.

She said the road was ‘totally unsuitable’ given the narrowness of the road and proximity of schools and nurseries, and it and other planned developments in the area were ‘an accident waiting to happen’.

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