New restrictions on the movement of HGVs on Bannerdown Road near Bath have been welcomed as a “step forward” by local residents and councillors.
Local councillor Martin Veal (Con, Bathavon North) has been campaigning for a weight restriction on Bannerdown Road following concerns raised over the increasing number of lorries using narrow residential roads. The HGVs have caused particular problems at rush hours, causing hold-ups and disruption to local residents in Batheaston. Some large lorries, including European double-trailer HGVs, have crushed barriers and got stuck on tight corners. Some have even shed their loads at pinch points, damaging property, blocking the road and requiring police intervention.
Following discussions between Bath and North East Somerset Council and the owners of the storage depot at Colerne Airfield, agreement has been reached to limit the use of HGVs accessing the site via Bannderdown Road. CHEP, the contractor which operates the lorries using the Colerne depot, has voluntarily agreed to restrict HGV access to between 9am and 4pm.
“The large articulated lorries passing through Batheaston and using Bannerdown road has been causing increasing problems for local residents. I’ve been calling for weight restrictions on this road for some eighteen months so I’m glad we now have some movement on the issue. I’m also pleased that the Batheaston and Colerne Parish Councils are working together over this issue to resolve the problem.
“This voluntary agreement to restrict HGV movement to only outside rush hours is definitely a step in the right direction. However, if this proves unsuccessful I will be asking the council to look into enforcement measures.”
Cllr Charles Gerrish (Con), the Cabinet Member whose portfolio includes Highways, said:
“I’m aware of the difficulties residents are facing due to the issues raised by Cllr Veal and the problems were discussed at a recent Parish cluster meeting. I will make sure that the council monitors the situation and continues to explore ways of alleviating the problem.”