Lorry ban on village road to be made permanent
PUBLISHED: 17:14 06 December 2019 | UPDATED: 17:53 06 December 2019
Villagers are celebrating as weight restrictions banning HGVs passing through East Harling are set to be made permanent.
Residents have fought to stop lorries using the B1111 as they travel between Garboldisham and the A11 Roudham during which time both their numbers and size has increased.
Surveys found that some days more than 300 heavy goods vehicles were using the rural road and the tight bends in the village with damage frequently caused as they attempted to negotiate the tight Valentine's Corner.
Norfolk County Council is now consulting on making a ban on heavy good vehicles over 18 tonnes permanent after a successful 12 month trail.
The authority monitored the traffic flows during the trial period, which began in April 2018, and the data has helped with the council's decision to make restrictions permanent.
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Harling Parish Council, which has fought a three decade long campaign to limit HGVs, won backing for the trial after giving first-hand details disruption and damage caused in the village at a meeting of the county council environment and transport committee.
Parish chairman Philip Edge said: "We are absolutely delighted that after the 12 month trial period that they have agreed to make it permanent.
"We were getting more than 200 HGVs every day through the village. Even during the trial period this has reduced it drastically. Well over 40pc less and that makes a big difference to the lives of people in the village."
The permanent restrictions will include the B1111 from its slip road with the A11 to the junction with the A1066 Diss to Thetford road at Garbolisham. Signs will inform road users of the changes and sat nav companies will be informed.
HGVs and farm vehicles needing to access the location within the weight restriction will still be able to use the road.
Mr Edge said: "We know we will still have some because Roudham Park Industrial Estate is inside the restrictions and is exempt, and, of course, we get agricultural HGVs to farms on the outskirts of the village.
"We accept that because we live in a farming community but other lorries, like those with Chinese shipping containers and the like, that were coming through are now having to go round us."