1,100 sign up in battle to ban lorries

A PETITION urging a ban on lorries and a lower speed limit in the rural Mayfield Valley in the south-west of Sheffield has topped more than 1,100 names.

Backed by local members of the Women’s Institute and given impetus by HGV drivers using sat navs, it will be handed to the full council next Wednesday.

Many of the narrow roads in the valley, which links the city with the Peak District, have no footpaths, putting at risk walkers, joggers, cyclists and horse riders, it is argued.

Schoolchildren are often on nature trails and the Sheffield Guides’ outdoor training centre is nearby.

Because of bends and high hedges, neither vehicles nor people can be seen often until the last moment, and there is no space to escape from the traffic.

The petition demands a total ban on HGVs apart from farm traffic, as well as a reduction of the speed limit from 60 mph for all vehicles on Cottage Lane, Hangram Lane, Woodcliffe and Quiet Lane.

“I haven’t had anybody say it’s not a good idea,” said Joan Newton, president of Mayfield WI, who lives in Hangram Lane. “People are saying we have been waiting a long time. It is too dangerous to walk there.”

Already the council is investigating routes used by lorries between the Peak District and the M1 after complaints from residents of Bocking Lane and Greenhill and Abbey Lane about the impact on their roads.

But Mrs Newton said: I’m hoping we’ll get something done in the short term.”

At one trouble spot, Carr Bridge over the River Porter, there had been three crashes within ten days, said Mrs Newton.

Petition supporters say the roads were built as country lanes in the 18th century and are “totally unsuitable” for 21st-century volumes of traffic and sat nav technology and they fear it is “only a matter of time” before there is a fatal accident.

The petition has been circulating across Fulwood and Lodge Moor and at Forge Dam and Endcliffe Park cafes as well as further afield.

It will be presented by Mrs Newton, who will address councillors.

When the authority receives a traffic-related petition, it usually asks its officers to investigate and report back.