Residents fume over HGV move

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RESIDENTS in a Sheffield suburb are gearing up for another battle to keep lorries off their doorstep.

Householders in Bocking Lane and Greenhill Avenue campaigned successfully for a 24 hour HGV ban to halt complaints about noise, speeding and air pollution.

But after a review of HGV routes across Sheffield, the council is preparing to operate the restrictions only during the night - with a ban during the day on nearby Abbey Lane.

“We are distraught because we have only had the ban for 17 months,” said Carole Smith, who lives in Greenhill Avenue.

Residents had been pushing for the 24 hour ban for seven years hard work - “and it is counting for nothing”.

The council is looking to stop lorries using Bocking Lane and Greenhill Avenue as a main route from 7pm to 7am, which would mean heavy traffic using Abbey Lane and Meadowhead.

Meanwhile, Abbey Lane would be protected during the day, but not in the evening. Abbey Lane residents have also urged the council to halt the HGVs on their doorstep, and for the sake of pupils at the primary school.

Mrs Smith said protests would be made at the next council meeting, on December 5, as part of a new campaign.

“We are going to be more proactive. We feel so strongly about this.”

Although there would still be a 12 hour ban on Bocking Lane and Greenhill Avenue, Mrs Smith fears it would not be observed by lorry drivers amid the proposed changes.

The result, she said, would be a return of the noise and disturbance. “It is only 22 feet from by front door to the double yellow lines.”

The house “shakes” when lorries pass by “and we are kept awake at night. The speed of lorries going down the hill is phenomenal.”

Councillors are being urged to think again about the recommendations of the HGV review, which concluded that Bocking Lane/Greenhill Avenue and Whirlowdale Road are the only suitable routes in the south of the city, despite residents’ protests about noise and pollution.

The alternative would be to create too much congestion and traffic fumes on arterial roads, it is argued.

The council admits it is facing a difficult decision, but it is trying to balance the needs of residents, together with those of the freight industry and the local businesses that are dependent on it.

Community Assemblies are being asked for their views before a final decision is taken.