Council looks to tackle rise in HGVs travelling through Whitchurch

Council looks to tackle rise in HGVs travelling through Whitchurch

Council looks to tackle rise in HGVs travelling through Whitchurch

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A DIVERSION and sat-nav technology has been blamed for an increase in heavy goods vehicles passing through Whitchurch.

Whitchurch Town Council discussed the problem at its February meeting and agreed to take note of some of the lorries and write to the companies that own them.

Some councillors believed the lorries were coming through the town because of a diversion in Overton, which begins at the traffic lights in the centre of the village and runs to Kingsclere.

But Councillor Claire Isbester said: “There’s a ridiculous number going through but there’s no guarantee that it’s just because of this diversion. But even if it is, they are far too big to be going through the town centre. You can get three of them all jammed in the square.”

She suggested writing to the companies which own the lorries, adding: “It might not work but it certainly won’t work if we don’t try it.”

Cllr Mike Keane said the HGVs were being directed through Whitchurch by their sat-navs.

He added: “The sat-nav technology diverts lorries and cars the shortest way and will continue to do so. Technology is fighting against us. Unless there’s an obvious danger or a bridge that has a weight restriction, there’s virtually nothing we can do.”

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11:07am Tue 25 Feb 14

deepinsight says...

I would have thought that these vehicles were as entitled as any other to use the roads, expecially as there are no weight restrcitions in force on Whitchurch's roads.

Even more the case when you understand how much an HGV has to pay in vehicle excise duty in a year!
I would have thought that these vehicles were as entitled as any other to use the roads, expecially as there are no weight restrcitions in force on Whitchurch's roads. Even more the case when you understand how much an HGV has to pay in vehicle excise duty in a year! deepinsight
  • Score: 5

8:23am Wed 26 Feb 14

JJ38JJ says...

Isn't there a large industrial estate in Whitchurch? How are HGVs going to get there? For me the main problem in Whitchurch is the parking rather than the traffic. Whenever I've been there it's been like an obstacle course.
Isn't there a large industrial estate in Whitchurch? How are HGVs going to get there? For me the main problem in Whitchurch is the parking rather than the traffic. Whenever I've been there it's been like an obstacle course. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 7

7:09pm Sun 2 Mar 14

jonone says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
Isn't there a large industrial estate in Whitchurch? How are HGVs going to get there? For me the main problem in Whitchurch is the parking rather than the traffic. Whenever I've been there it's been like an obstacle course.
Agreed on your latter point, but Whitchurch residents seem to prefer pointing the finger at others rather than accepting any blame.

Perhaps the industrial estates should close and sack all the local employees - the Whitchurch Whingers would find a new whine then....
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: Isn't there a large industrial estate in Whitchurch? How are HGVs going to get there? For me the main problem in Whitchurch is the parking rather than the traffic. Whenever I've been there it's been like an obstacle course.[/p][/quote]Agreed on your latter point, but Whitchurch residents seem to prefer pointing the finger at others rather than accepting any blame. Perhaps the industrial estates should close and sack all the local employees - the Whitchurch Whingers would find a new whine then.... jonone
  • Score: 1

9:01am Mon 3 Mar 14

W Wallace says...

Boo Hoo a big lorry is driving through our local town. These big lorries should drive through Overton and not our beloved Whitchurch.
Maybe I should write to the driving instructors that use my road for the purpose of teaching pupils.
Fact is if a restriction is not in place then why shouldn't they use the quickest route?
Boo Hoo a big lorry is driving through our local town. These big lorries should drive through Overton and not our beloved Whitchurch. Maybe I should write to the driving instructors that use my road for the purpose of teaching pupils. Fact is if a restriction is not in place then why shouldn't they use the quickest route? W Wallace
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