Signs are good for lorry cam­paign­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­

THE wheels of a so­lu­tion to the lorry park­ing prob­lem af­fect­ing peo­ple liv­ing in South Willes­bor­ough have slowly started turn­ing.

A sign has been in­stalled at the end of Can­ter­bury Road, South Willes­bor­ough, warn­ing truck­ers against driv­ing down the res­i­den­tial street.

But it has taken four years and one month of let­ters, emails and phone calls from cru­sad­ing pen­sioner Mar­garet Pryke, Cllr David Smith (Ind) and Ash­ford MP Damian Green, to get road bosses to take action.

Mrs Pryke, known as Ash­ford’s lorry lady, lives in Can­ter­bury Road and has been call­ing for the sign, as lor­ries driv­ing up Or­bital Park’s Mon­u­ment Way some­times turn right into Can­ter­bury Road and ei­ther park or re­alise they are in a res­i­den­tial street and at­tempt to turn, of­ten caus­ing dam­age to the pave­ment.

Mrs Pryke is glad road bosses are fi­nally tak­ing action. She said: “Hope­fully things will be a lit­tle qui­eter, es­pe­cially at night.

“How­ever, it’s not the sign we were promised. We’ll wait and see if lorry driv­ers take no­tice of it but I’ve not closed the file.”


Mrs Pryke wanted road bosses to go fur­ther and in­stall a larger sign and an­other in Or­bital Park di­rect­ing lor­ries away from South Willes­bor­ough.

A sign has been in­stalled di­rect­ing driv­ers around the round­about but it does not re­fer to HGVs.

Cllr Smith is now call­ing for a sign to be in­stalled in Fairview Drive, the left turn at the end of Mon­u­ment Way.

Mrs Pryke’s cam­paign to stop trucks park­ing at Or­bital Park con­tin­ues. She is call­ing for a ban on lor­ries park­ing in Long Bar­row and action from the po­lice af­ter they sug­gested mak­ing changes to the roads at Or­bital Park.

She said: “We’re still wait­ing to hear from the po­lice on the plans for clamp­ing and dou­ble yel­lows and mak­ing it one-way.”

The lorry count in Or­bital Park con­tin­ues to be high, usu­ally peak­ing on Sun­day morn­ings. Seventy-five were counted on Sun­day .

Damian Green MP, who was there, said: “Ev­ery road had lor­ries parked on both sides, and for two cars to pass each other is ex­tremely danger­ous.

“The sign will make some dif­fer­ence, and is a small step for­ward, but it is clear that a long-term so­lu­tion is needed which takes parked lor­ries else­where.”

Lor­ries at Or­bital Park

Mar­garet Pryke with Cllr David Smith and MP Damian Green at the un­veil­ing of the new sign

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