‘Our roads are not built for trucks – ban them!’

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A coun­cil­lor used a pub­lic meet­ing to blast lorry drivers across the county for “ru­in­ing the lives of peo­ple in Kent”.

Cllr Seán Holden, the mem­ber for Cran­brook at Kent County Coun­cil, said one lorry causes more dam­age than 10,000 cars driv­ing through his vil­lage.

He claimed drivers knock down hedges with wing mir­rors and cause pot­holes, and called for the coun­cil to fol­low the ac­tions of other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties which have banned lor­ries from some ar­eas.

He also sug­gested that if a ban were en­forced, there would be stat­ues across the county of the coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for high­ways and trans­port, Cllr Mike Whit­ing.

He told the en­vi­ron­ment and trans­port cab­i­net com­mit­tee meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 31 it is “time for lor­ries to get out of lives in Kent”.

He said: “It’s time that the eco­nom­ics of haulier busi­ness stops trump­ing the qual­ity of lives of our peo­ple.

“One 40-tonne lorry causes the same dam­age as 10,000 cars.

“When you see a lorry go­ing

‘It’s time that the eco­nom­ics of haulier busi­ness stops trump­ing the qual­ity of lives of our peo­ple’

down the roads, like I do, be­tween Cran­brook and Be­nen­den, knock­ing down the hedges on both sides with its wing mir­rors, if you have half a dozen of those down there over a day, that’s do­ing the equiv­a­lent to around a year’s worth of cars.

“Those roads are not built for that. The pot­holes, that are the bane of the lives of ev­ery­body, costs us mil­lions of pounds.

“This is a di­rect con­se­quence of heavy ve­hi­cles us­ing those roads. I want to see a strat­egy come into place be­cause peo­ple’s lives are be­ing ru­ined.”

Res­i­dents wor­ried about the im­pact of lor­ries in their area can join the vol­un­teer ser­vice Lorry Watch who re­port on in­ap­pro­pri­ate driv­ing to Kent Po­lice.

Lorry drivers are rec­om­mended to plan their routes through the coun­cil’s on­line Freight Gate­way, avail­able at http://freight­gate­way.co.uk/kent/.

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, Unit 4, Park Mall Shop­ping Cen­tre Ash­ford, TN24 8RY or email ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­group.co.uk Cllr Holden sug­gested that the coun­cil fol­lows Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil’s pol­icy and re­strict ac­cess to lor­ries on roads in Kent.

He said: “87% of the lor­ries that come into this county are not com­ing to Kent. They are go­ing straight through.

“They are caus­ing dam­age but most im­por­tantly, they are ru­in­ing the lives of peo­ple.

“It’s a con­sis­tent harm on peo­ple’s lives such as the pol­lu­tion of air, pol­lu­tion of noise and the sev­er­ance of com­mu­ni­ties. For ex­am­ple, Siss­inghurst, the vil­lage, is ba­si­cally di­vided in half by a ma­jor road.

“Get lor­ries out of lives in Kent. Peo­ple will thank us for it un­til the end of time. If Mr Whit­ing could put it about I bet there would be stat­ues of hi m.”

Pic­ture: Alan Lan­g­ley

Cllr Seán Holden has called for the coun­cil to fol­low the ac­tions of other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties which have banned lor­ries from some ar­eas

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