Town lanes set for weight restrictions

Weight restrictions to be added to roads in Nailsea.

Weight restrictions to be added to roads in Nailsea. - Credit: Archant

WEIGHT restrictions could soon be applied to country lanes in Nailsea to stop lorries from using the narrow roads.

People living in the West End hamlet have been campaigning for years for a weight restriction to be introduced along West End Lane, Netherton Wood Lane, Nailsea Wall Lane and Nailsea Moor Lane.

Scores of residents turned up to a town council meeting in 2011 to hand in a petition and voice their concerns on the matter.

After pressure from the town council, North Somerset Council agreed to make the changes, but due to budget cuts funding was later withdrawn. The town council has now been told money for the work has been allocated by North Somerset in its 2013/2014 budget.

Cllr Anne Kemp, who represents Nailsea on North Somerset Council and has been campaigning for the weight restriction, said: “I’m really pleased it’s back in the budget.

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“The weight restriction will be down to 7.5 tonnes and I think that’s a fair compromise.

“They can’t make it any lower because of the farmers’ vehicles and horse boxes which also use the road.

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“It’s satellite navigation systems which are sending lorries down there to get to the West End trading estate.

“It’s quite scary if you’re coming round the corner in a car and you meet an 18 tonne articulated lorry. It’s not fair on residents.

“A lot of residents have also lost walls where lorries knock into them because the lanes are so narrow.

“This weight restriction will stop the big articulated lorries and that will be brilliant.

“It will help residents in the West End and they have a right to protection of their property.”

Residents had also asked for a 30mph speed restriction to be added to the roads, but there are currently no plans to implement these changes.

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