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Highways to be pursued "aggresively" to solve Grove Hill lorry problem



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Residents and councillors are to push for bollards, weight restrictions both ways and the relocation of a set of traffic lights in a bid to solve Grove Hill's nuisance lorry problem.

Safety bollards along the pavements will offer protection to homes that sit close to the road while moving the top set of lights further back, nearer to the entrance to Gorsfield, would allow traffic to flow more freely.

A 7.5 tonne restriction in both directions - the limit currently only applies going up the hill - would also help improve the situation, they said.

HIghways truck caught on Grove Hill (30862560)
HIghways truck caught on Grove Hill (30862560)

Members of last week's Stansted Parish Council highways sub-committee meeting agreed to put the proposals to Essex highways. It follows a site meeting with highways' officers last month, when they met with residents and councillors to look at tackling the problem.

Village campaigner Ray Woodcock told the parish council that highways had come up with the "absurd" suggestion of claiming two metres of land in front of the terrace cottages towards the top of Grove Hill in order to make the road wider.

"They want to widen the road to improve traffic flow, but since that meeting I have met with residents and not one is willing to give up two metres of their front garden," he said.

Grove Hill, Stansted. Weight restriction signs at bottom of hill. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (30862608)
Grove Hill, Stansted. Weight restriction signs at bottom of hill. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (30862608)

"This suggestions from Essex highways is not acceptable, it's almost silly, it really is quite absurd."

Former parish council chairman Peter Jones, who used to live in the house now occupied by Grove Hill campaigner Andrew McDonnell and which suffered £60,000 structural damage two years ago after being struck by an overweight lorry, said he understood how "vulnerable" pedestrians were on that road and that traffic had got "hugely worse".

"I think these proposals should be pursued by the parish council rather aggressively with county highways," said. The option of using a strip of land owned by the Goldsmith's at Mountfitchet Castle, to widen the road was also mooted.

A bus and car try to squeeze through Grove Hill (30862615)
A bus and car try to squeeze through Grove Hill (30862615)


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