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Ridding the centre of Stansted of lorries is the 'ultimate aim' of councillors and residents of Grove Hill




Banning lorries from driving through the centre of Stansted is the "ultimate aim" as campaigners and Essex Highways seek to resolve the problem of HGVs flouting Grove Hill's weight restriction.

Following a meeting in January of all interested parties, moves are afoot to tackle the issue once and for all.

Residents whose homes have been struck by oversized lorries and who fear a serious accident unless action is taken soon met representatives of three councils on Grove Hill to discuss what could be done.

Grove Hill, Stansted. Lorries (44228843)
Grove Hill, Stansted. Lorries (44228843)

Stansted's Essex county councillor Ray Gooding was accompanied by Cllr Kevin Bentley, deputy leader of Essex County Council and cabinet member for infrastructure, Uttlesford district and Stansted parish councillor Geoffrey Sell and parish council chair Cllr Maureen Caton.

Top of the list of recommendations agreed was installation of ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras to enforce the 7.5-tonne restriction, subject to amendments to Government legislation; investigating reversing the weight restriction so that it applies to large vehicles coming down Grove Hill rather than going up; and a feasibility study to look at installing bollards or raising the kerbs.

Cllr Caton updated members at the latest parish council meeting. She said: "The purpose of this meeting was to focus on the use of Grove Hill by heavy goods vehicles, mounting the pavement and damage to property. Everyone has agreed that an ultimate aim should be that all goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes should be removed from the centre of Stansted."

Grove Hill, Stansted. Peter McDonnell outside his home. Grove Hill has been closed for a month so that scaffold could be erected to repair damage done by an oversized lorry. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (44228822)
Grove Hill, Stansted. Peter McDonnell outside his home. Grove Hill has been closed for a month so that scaffold could be erected to repair damage done by an oversized lorry. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (44228822)

She told the Indie later that the outcome of the meeting had been shared with the parish councils in Henham and Elsenham.

"Cameras would be a good way to enforce the weight restrictions, but we're waiting for the law to be passed on that. And highways officers think the restriction would be better if reversed and they're currently doing a study on the feasibility of that," she said.

"They will investigate the feasibility of raised kerbs. They're not too keen on bollards as part of the roadway is so narrow, but they will look at it."

Mrs Caton said residents came away from the meeting happy. "I think they felt they had been listened to and Kevin Bentley said that eventually he would like all heavy goods vehicles removed from the village centre. That's an ultimate aim that would be ideal and is something to consider for our Neighbourhood Plan."

A huge lorry on Grove Hill (44228848)
A huge lorry on Grove Hill (44228848)


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