Resident threatened as Grove Hill traffic chaos continues
A resident threatened by a lorry driver as he tried to stop him flouting the Grove Hill weight restriction said it was just one of many incidents that were happening daily.
Campaigner Andrew McDonnell, whose house had previously suffered £60,000 structural damage after being hit by a large truck, videoed the confrontation in a bid to highlight the increasing traffic problems along the route.
As the aggregates lorry struggled to manoeuvre up the road and then had to reverse back down, Mr McDonnell filmed the ensuing chaos and told the driver: “You are breaking the law, I am reporting you. Find a different route.”
He said other car drivers urged him to report the lorry as they passed by, claiming it “had almost killed them” going up the hill. He has since forwarded the footage to Essex County Council.
The irate driver, who appeared reluctant to move on, then warned: “I know where you live!” and continued to shout abuse before eventually heading off towards High Lane.
Mr McDonnell said lorries exceeding the 7.5 tonne restriction up Grove Hill were forcing oncoming traffic onto the pavements, endangering mums and children using the footpath and causing lengthy queues throughout the village.
But residents’ efforts to block the lorries suffered a setback this week after Essex County Highways revealed plans to improve the weight restriction warning signs had been delayed.
“A project to improve the road signs warning of the weight limit on the approach to Grove Hill has, unfortunately, been delayed due to conflicts with other local works. The Uttlesford Local Highway Panel intends to press ahead and install the improved signs as quickly as possible,” said a spokesman.
“Ultimately, if problems with unsuitable vehicles continue despite these improvements, that would be a matter for enforcement, which depends on effective monitoring, often with the assistance of local residents and road users making detailed reports.”
He added that highways was aware of the issues and traffic signal engineers had re-phased the lights to enable the most efficient traffic flows, reducing delays.
District and parish councillor Geoffrey Sell, a member of Uttlesford’s Local Highway Panel, said the delay was disappointing for residents.
“I have a great deal of sympathy for them, but I do not think there is an easy solution to this problem,” he said.
“What I would want to see is county highways taking enforcement action over the weight limit and I would like to see them making prosecutions.”