Our homes are be­ing dam­aged by HGVs driv­ing down roads

Lor­ries con­tinue to cause mis­ery de­spite cam­eras

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

RUIS­LIP Manor res­i­dents are fed up of heavy goods ve­hi­cles (HGVs) us­ing res­i­den­tial roads as a cut-through, as they are dam­ag­ing homes and even stop­ping one home­owner sleeping.

More than 130 peo­ple signed a pe­ti­tion re­quest­ing mea­sures to pre­vent com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles from us­ing Sid­mouth Drive Ruis­lip Manor.

Hilling­don Coun­cil in­stalled CCTV cam­eras last Septem­ber, to catch the HGVs af­ter they were asked by res­i­dents to tackle the abuse of the 7.5-tonne max­i­mum weight limit re­stric­tions on the road.

But one res­i­dent, who did not want to be named, says the cam­eras are not enough to stop the dis­rup­tion.

They said: “I can cat­e­gor­i­cally tell you that in noth­ing’s changed since the cam­eras have been put in. They might have been fined but we’re still hav­ing the same prob­lems.

“I can’t sleep and the HGVs come any time of the day and night.

“I just find it re­mark­able that you come into the bor­ough, you buy a home, you put money into the bor­ough, you want to feel part of it, but you can’t be­cause the coun­cil aren’t tak­ing it se­ri­ously.”

The Sid­mouth Drive res­i­dent has met MP Boris John­son over the is­sue, and has writ­ten to him, as have six neigh­bours, urging him to tackle the is­sue.

They told him in the let­ters: “The prob­lem here is that our houses are ac­tu­ally be­ing dam­aged.

“Some peo­ple have just had to touch them up but an­other lady has had to re-plas­ter her walls.

“Once you go over these things (the speed ta­bles) they cre­ate vi­bra­tions and you feel them so if you’re in bed, you’ll wake up be­cause of the noise. It’s in­cred­i­ble.

“Sat navs are a prob­lem as they’re di­rect­ing peo­ple up Sid­mouth Road as there’s no pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures.

“There’s go­ing to be a mas­sive regeneration of the area. How are we go­ing to cope? It’ll be a night­mare.”

The pe­ti­tion asks the coun­cil to in­stall bol­lards at ei­ther end of the road and to re­move speed ta­bles out­side res­i­den­tial homes.

It states: “These are so low that they are of no use in slow­ing down ve­hi­cles, but cause ex­ces­sive amounts of noise when larger ve­hi­cles and col­lec­tion vans with cages drive over them, thus sig­nif­i­cantly disturbing res­i­dents.”

Gra­ham Bar­tram, chair­man of Ruis­lip Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, is sup­port­ing the res­i­dents, and is con­cerned about safety, noise and the struc­tural dam­age caused.

He said: “The road is be­ing used as a cut through and the weight limit doesn’t seem to be stop­ping it.

“The coun­cil have put in a CCTV sys­tem but ei­ther the lor­ries are ac­cept­ing the fines and do­ing it any­way, but they still seem to be go­ing through.

“The 7.5 tonne limit sign doesn’t start un­til you’re 40 yards into the road, so in­stead of hav­ing a big sign at the en­trance, you’re al­ready on the road by the time you see the limit. I think the sign needs to be moved.

“An­other op­tion is to put in a width re­stric­tion so they won’t be able to get through. It won’t stop cars us­ing the cut through but it’ll help the noise of larger ve­hi­cles.”

The coun­cil have re­fused to con­sider any ad­di­tional mea­sures, as they feel the CCTV on Sid­mouth Drive is ad­e­quate.

The dis­ap­pointed lead pe­ti­tioner said: “I was told that there has been a 44% re­duc­tion in the tran­sit of ve­hi­cles and that this will im­prove as time goes on.

“We gave it a good go and I’ll need to talk to res­i­dents and see what we can do next.”

n READY TO RUMBLE: Res­i­dents in Sid­mouth Drive say they are still suf­fer­ing from lorry vi­bra­tions

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