RESIDENTS on Abbey Lane are making a list ditch attempt to halt a scheme that will divert lorries along the road.
They are “shocked and upset” at a councillors’ decision to press ahead with a proposed HGV ban on Bocking Lane that would mean extra vehicles using Abbey Lane and Meadowhead as an alternative.
The 6-5 vote by the council’s South Community Assembly followed a campaign by Bocking Lane householders who complained of noise, vibration and pollution into the early hours.
But the decision must be confirmed by today’s (Thursday) council’s cabinet highways committee – and it is under pressure from Abbey Lane protesters who say they do not want to see a HGV ban on Bocking Lane before there is one on Abbey Lane. They believe councillors were swayed by the Bocking Lane campaign rather than highways reasons and are warning that the extra traffic on Abbey Lane would be “catastrophic” for an area that is already heavily congested and would result in the junction with Chesterfield Road being unable to cope.
Fears are also being raised about lorries speeding on part of the road between the cemetery gates and Abbey Lane School and the pollution that would be generated.
Council highways officers do not believe anything has changed: “It is considered that all the points raised in the objection have already been reported to and discussed in the full by the South Assembly and taken into account as part of their decision.”
However, a wider review is to be carried out of the routes of lorries currently using residential areas between Abbeydale Road and Chesterfield Road.