Residents of Tennyson Avenue in King’s Lynn petition for weight limit restrictions on lorries
PUBLISHED: 15:57 28 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 28 April 2017
Residents say they have had enough of lorries “thundering” past their houses causing their windows and doors to shake.
A petition has been set up by Simon Vallance, 47, of Tennyson Avenue, King’s Lynn, hoping to stop heavy goods vehicles (HGV) going between Tennyson Avenue and Vancouver Avenue.
In only two days the petition has garnered over 300 signatures which Mr Vallance said he will present to the county council.
The angered residents want a sign to be put on Southgates Roundabout restricting the weight limit of lorries going down Tennyson Avenue to seven-and-a-half tons.
Mr Vallance said: “We’ve had a signature from every household so far, the whole community are saying enough is enough, we have to be taken seriously.
“At 4.30am you get lorries heading for the docks going 40 - 50 mph and every window and door rattles, they thunder past at some speed and it wakes you up.”
When asked what action he would take should the petition fail, Mr Vallance said he would stage a civil protest of people lying down on the road to stop the HGVs, adding: “If it gets that far this is definitely what we’ll do.”
One of the signatories, Alastair Innes, co-owner of Fairlight Lodge on Tennyson Avenue, said the noise made by the HGVs had not gone unnoticed by his guests.
Mr Innes said: “We get a lot of very large lorries hurtling down the road when there’s a bypass they can use to get to the port.
“It’s dangerous, there are lots of children here, it worries a lot of people. I’ve had to double-glaze the windows then add a second glaze, almost a triple-glazing to cut down the noise.”
West Norfolk councillor Lesley Bambridge, who lives locally, supports the petition and hopes the police will be on board to enforce the restrictions if they’re put in place.
She said HGVs are using car sat-navs when there are technologies available for larger vehicles.
“The real problem is there is a weight limit when lorries get to Gaywood Road and from there they shouldn’t be directed to come down here.” Mrs Bambridge said.
“What we want to do is get a restriction, then it’s down to the police to stop the vehicles and issue tickets which leads to fines.”
Residents also want the council to confirm whether there is an existing ban on the road from 1978.