The street lamp in Stafford Street knocked down by heavy goods vehicles trying to pass each other several months ago has been repaired. But it was hardly a straight forward job as the repair team hit a cable and were on the job for most of the day and evening yesterday. Electricity in the area was cut off for a time.
www.audlem.org has just received an email which may help the campaign to reduce the impact of heavy goods vehicles in such a narrow road. The email draws attention to Sefton (on Merseyside) Council's website that says weight limits can be imposed if, on top of danger to life & limb, houses/buildings (and presumably lampposts) are being affected structurally and environmentally by heavy traffic. Exceptions for access are made to ensure local traders are serviced.
Sefton says "weight restrictions can be imposed for structural or for environmental reasons. It is a legal control on a specified vehicle weight or width, mainly on lorries, on certain roads and routes. The restriction prevents large vehicles from using inappropriate roads, routes and areas in order to: reduce danger to pedestrians and other road users; prevent damage to buildings, roads and bridges; preserve the character, amenity and environment of an area and reduce and manage congestion on the roads."
If it's good enough for Sefton maybe it's good enough for Audlem.
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