Residents secure lorry ban support

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RESIDENTS on Bocking Lane have moved a big step closer towards securing a lorry ban in response to long-standing complaints about noise and pollution.

Councillors voted to press ahead with the ban for the sake of householders between Meadowhead and Abbey Lane.

At the same time they are requesting an urgent review to examine the broader question of the best routes for lorries travelling between the M1 and the Peak District.

Backing came from the council’s South Community Assembly, although the final word will rest with the authority’s cabinet highways committee, which has the power to approve the restrictions and to authorise the signs to divert HGVs from the residential area.

Residents of Bocking Lane and Greenhill Avenue have complained that they can hear the traffic through the night and that dirt and pollution seeps into their houses.

Council plans were drawn up for a ban, with signs to divert lorries along Abbey Lane and Meadowhead. But this was questioned by householders on Abbey Lane, who did not want the extra traffic on their road.

Both sides expressed their opinions at the community assembly meeting at Gleadless Valley Methodist Church. Afterwards Bocking Lane resident Greta Pike urged the council to implement the ban as soon as possible “before a serious accident occurs”. She said: “We all risk our lives trying to cross Bocking Lane when the traffic is at its worst.”

Despite Bocking Lane being a C road, traffic seemed to be increasing and HGVs were “thundering” past, usually over the speed limit, she said.