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Lorry ban plan for Chevet Lane ‘would be ineffective’

Sandal residents on Chevet Lane.L-R Gerry Lumb,Gill Whittingham,Kate Mehta,Allan Benning,Louise Walker and Sat Mehta.

Sandal residents on Chevet Lane.L-R Gerry Lumb,Gill Whittingham,Kate Mehta,Allan Benning,Louise Walker and Sat Mehta.

Lorries will continue to thunder through Sandal after plans to ban them were scrapped by Wakefield Council.

Campaigners have lobbied the council for years to ban HGVs from using Chevet Lane, which they believe is too narrow to accommodate large vehicles safely.

But the council’s planning committee voted against introducing a ban on Church Lane, in Havercroft, and Briar Lane, in South Hiendley, which would have deterred lorries from using Chevet Lane as a shortcut in and out of the city.

Planning officers recommended that an experimental 12-month ban was not pursued, claiming it would only encourage HGVs to use other unsuitable routes.

They also said police did not have the resources to enforce such a ban.

But Louise Walker, who spoke at the meeting on behalf of the campaigners, said: “It’s dangerous because the road is very narrow and just isn’t suitable for HGVs.

“It gets particularly narrow at the cross with Carr Lane, and there’s a school crossing very near there.

“There are points on the road at which wagons have to mount the pavement if there are two coming towards one another.”

A report to the planning meeting said: “Chevet Lane is too narrow for the police to safely stop a lorry while carrying out any enforcement of the ban without causing a potentially hazardous situation.

“There are only two lengths of road along the entire route where a lorry can be safely stopped, these being Common Lane, Cold Hiendley, and Church Lane.”

Officers recommended not to pursue the ban, which would have cost the council £15,000, “to allow resources to be targeted at schemes that have a greater probability of proving effective and having a beneficial effect on the larger community”.

Ms Walker said the group was disappointed with how long the process had taken, and said campaigners would meet again in the New Year to discuss their next move.

 

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