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Lorry firm acts to keep lorries off Grove Hill

An aggregates company has taken action to prevent its drivers flouting Grove Hill's weight restriction in a move welcomed by residents and councillors this week.

It is hoped that other companies will now follow the example set by Aggregate Industries Ltd, which has set up a geofence to alert it when a lorry 'illegally' enters Grove Hill or its Lower Street junction.

Resident and campaigner Claire Rivers said: "I thought it was a good response and something that hopefully others will follow."

Lorry blocking traffic near Grove Hill traffic lights (18187212)
Lorry blocking traffic near Grove Hill traffic lights (18187212)

Parish council chair Maureen Caton urged residents to keep collecting evidence which was proving "helpful".

Claire's partner Andrew McDonnell had been threatened by the lorry driver last month as he tried to prevent him going up the hill and captured the abuse on video. The Indie featured the story and Mr McDonnell sent the footage off to Aggregate Industries, who said it was "shocked by the actions that the driver took."

In an email to Mr McDonnell, Peter Sisson, regional logistics manager, said it did not own the vehicles as it operated a franchise model, it simply supplied the load to be delivered, but it was still responsible for any issues that arose.

"Please be advised that the driver will be dealt with under the Driver Fair and Just Policy.

"All of our franchised vehicles are equipped with a tracking system, I have this morning (Sept 24) set up a geofence around the junction and up the road. If a franchised vehicle enters the geofence I will instantly get an email notification where I can take the appropriate action."

He added: "Some other ideas that might help, you could approach the builder and ask them to tell all suppliers that they are to enter via a certain route. Another option might be to approach the council and ask them to enforce a set route for HGVs."

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