Weight limit restriction could be placed in Tennyson Avenue in King’s Lynn in six months

Tennyson Avenue, where residents are complaining about lorries breaking an HGV ban. Picture: Chris B

Tennyson Avenue, where residents are complaining about lorries breaking an HGV ban. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

A weight limit restriction is set to be imposed on one of the busiest roads in King's Lynn.

Vancouver Avenue, where residents are complaining about lorries breaking an HGV ban. Picture: Chris

Vancouver Avenue, where residents are complaining about lorries breaking an HGV ban. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Residents on Vancouver Avenue and Tennyson Avenue have been told a 7.5 tonne weight restriction could be enforced within six months. It comes after more than 300 people signed a petition by the B1144 Action Group.

A meeting in The Walks on Wednesday, July 19, was organised by the action group and was attended by over 70 people including West Norfolk councillors and chief inspector Ed Brown from King's Lynn police.

At the meeting, councillors Alexandra Kemp and Thomas Smith have pledged to contribute £6,000 each from their discretionary divisional highways budget to go towards the £12,000 needed to get the process started.

A full investigation in County Hall revealed a weight restriction had existed on the road since 1979 but it had been taken off in 2006 after a traffic review in the previous year.

The B1144 Action Group meeting was attended by chief inspector, Ed Brown, of King's Lynn police and

The B1144 Action Group meeting was attended by chief inspector, Ed Brown, of King's Lynn police and councillors Alexandra Kemp, Thomas Smith and Lesley Bambridge. Picture: Simon Vallance - Credit: Simon Vallance

Miss Kemp said: 'What a short sighted decision that was. Warnings at the time about traffic on the B1144 went unheeded.

'Now £12,000 of public money will have to be spent to make life safer for residents. It serves as a lesson that restrictions put on roads should not be taken off.

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'For a long time the residents of Vancouver Avenue have suffered from lorries hurtling down their road.

'There needs to be signs to direct lorries to use the bypass.

'There was a unanimous vote in the meeting for putting up speed cameras but there will need to be a change of policy from County Hall for that.'

The B1144 Action Group formed earlier this year by residents to highlight the issues of lorries and heavy goods vehicles (HGV) 'thundering' past their houses, causing their windows and doors to shake.

Chair of the group, Simon Vallance, is pleased with the progress so far but said residents are still anxious of how it will be enforced.

He said: 'I think the speed this has come around is phenomenal, we have got to the point where we might get a weight restriction in six months.

'We are happy we have got this far but we are anxious about the policing of it. It is not only down to the police but the local authority needs to step up the mark.

'I want to thank everybody who came to the meeting, it showed community politics working.'

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