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Weight limit plan not council’s preference

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

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.

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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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  • Burton Mail  |  February 20 2013, 11:37AM

    Apparently the Highways do not like 'sign littering'so probably not the best option and if the Redhouse Farm development is passed with the traffic calming measures also paid for by the developers it will cost the SCC nothing.Lets see how the HGVs and HCVs negotiate that one.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 20 2013, 11:31AM

    What a great idea David!You HGV drivers stick to the motorways where you obviously feel you should be and leave the 'B' roads to car users,problem solved!

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 11 2013, 7:43PM

    people from stag are not doing this for something to do,this is a genuine and serious concern.comments such as-how do these people expect goods to be delivered and-i am a lorry driver and am only trying to feed my family- are pathetic!there is no reason whatsoever for lorries to use this road,thats what trunk roads such as the a50 and a38 are for.so these selfish inconsiderate people should keep their senseless comments to themselves. and the councils equally stupid cop-out excuse to improve signage is typical of their 'brush it under the carpet'attitude. you are elected to listen to the people.not take the easy option-liven up and do something.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 07 2013, 3:01PM

    Not quite sure where David is going with his argument but we would love'all you truck drivers'to stay on the motorways and not down residential B roads.Mrs Shand and the 800 plus people and committee members that support her can drive on any roads because she has a car and not a 44tonne HCV !

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 07 2013, 2:58PM

    I was made aware that Staffs Highways do not like 'sign littering'and now thats their preferred option!They know from all their own research and surveys that something needs to be done on these roads so why not try a weight restriction?Or maybe they can drag it out a bit more and wait until the devolopers build their houses and put traffic calming measures in place,then they can take all the credit and it won't cost them a penny.....

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 07 2013, 2:25PM

    Question to David. Would you like a 44 ton artic travelling at 30 mph coming within 3feet of your child walking on the pavement. This is what happens on this road every school morning Get real David this is not just a campain for the sake of campaining.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 07 2013, 9:54AM

    just the sort of reply you would expect from an inconsiderate driver who thinks he has the right to take his lorry anywhere he pleases. You are wrong David and when you grow up to be a proper professional driver you will realise just how silly your comments are. There are no supermarkets on this road in question so why would the trucks need to use it other than to save a bit of time, which they do by speeding on the rural stretches. Your comments make you look so silly.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 06 2013, 6:05AM

    Yes and maybe we should put a restriction on the motorways for people like Mrs Shand to stop people like her who fight for all these weight restrictions.Make her use all the A and B class roads were ever she travels and stay out of our (all truck drivers) way and let us get on with working to put food on the table for our families.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 05 2013, 5:38PM

    Surely councillors are having a laugh if they think `improved signs` would deter lorry drivers from using alternative routes when they know perfectly well which route is the shortest. Its an insult to think we would even consider the option.

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