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Uttlesford District Council's failure to ban HGVs from nearby developments from travelling through the village ‘defies belief’, says Grove Hill campaigner

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The failure of Uttlesford District Council (UDC) to ban HGVs travelling through Stansted from neighbouring development sites “defies belief”, according to campaigner Andrew McDonnell.

The Grove Hill resident, who is fighting to rid the village centre of trucks, said a large lorry which caused “mayhem” as it struggled to negotiate Lower Street’s mini roundabout had come from Henham, where 350 homes are being built.

He urged Stansted Parish Council to keep the issue on its agenda and maintain pressure on UDC and Essex Highways to resolve the problem.

The large lorry struggles to make the turn onto Chapel Hill from Lower Street (56485090)
The large lorry struggles to make the turn onto Chapel Hill from Lower Street (56485090)

“This defies belief! Who is responsible for ensuring critical conditions are placed within a planning appeal? My 12-year-old could have done this better," said Mr McDonnell.

"We, the residents, are being let down. That's why it's imperative this critical issue is discussed and actioned within the SMPC [Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council] meetings... whether it be just lobbying or chasing, but it should not be taken off the table until it is resolved.

“We're not talking about someone parking on a grass verge here. Fifty-plus 32-tonne tipper trucks thunder dangerously through the village each day – they've been doing so for months. Is it expected that they continue to do this for the next few months, putting motorists and pedestrians in danger? That's why SMPC need this on their agenda until a resolution is in place.”

Council chair Maureen Caton said: “The parish council continues to supports its residents appropriately. Where we are not a deciding body we can only pursue issues and hope that sense prevails.”

Villager Ray Woodcock said that the development bordering Elsenham and Henham had been given the go-ahead on appeal after it was refused by UDC and Essex Highways withdrew its objections.

“During the appeal process Elsenham Parish Council chairman and I presented facts concerning the narrow Grove Hill and that approval of this site should not be granted due to the consequences of greater traffic flows on Grove Hill and Chapel Hill during construction. Residents of Stansted are now feeling the effects of this approval and it’s only just started.”

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