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HGV ban along Vancouver Avenue, Tennyson Road and Tennyson Avenue in King’s Lynn moves step closer

PUBLISHED: 09:33 05 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:37 05 October 2017

Vancouver Avenue, where residents want an HGV ban. Picture: Chris Bishop

Vancouver Avenue, where residents want an HGV ban. Picture: Chris Bishop

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A lorry ban through a residential area of King’s Lynn has come a step closer to coming into force.

People living along Vancouver Avenue, Tennyson Road and Tennyson Avenue want a 7.5T weight limit.

They say HGVs using their streets as a short cut to from South Gates roundabout to Lynn docks make their homes shake and windows rattle.

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Norfolk County Council’s highways department has now carried out a survey of 30 businesses based along the town centre route.

It received 11 responses, 10 of which were in favour of the ban. One commented: “Please get it done.”

Another added: “I hope this will be implemented as soon as possible for the safety of residents.”

One respondent objected, because they feared that construction vehicles would not be able to deliver materials to the business for alterations to the building.

Highways officials said they would not be affected by the ban. Police have also said they support the weight limit.

An nearby HGV driving school has been told it will be given an exemption if the ban goes ahead so it can use the route to train lorry drivers.

Officials say that as the survey has confirmed there are no significant objections, the county council’s legal department will now draft the weight restriction ready for it to be formally advertised.

In an e-mail to residents, county councillor Alexandra Kemp, who has campaigned for the restriction, said: “This important traffic scheme to alleviate traffic problems on Vancouver Avenue is now a step closer.

“I have pledged my county councillor budget to help fund the scheme, as the issue goes all the way back to 1990, when a resident was sadly killed trying to cross the road.”

Earlier this year, 300 residents - some 95pc of the people living along the route - signed a petition backing the ban in just two days.

Campaigners travelled to County Hall in May to lobby councillors.

They threatened civil disobedience, including blockading the road, if they were not listened to.

They now hope that signs will be put up at the South Gates roundabout advising lorry drivers of the ban.

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