'Rat-running' wagons and speeding drivers in Kendal to come under microscope

Members of Westmorland Labour Party take part in a protest at Greenside, Kendal

Members of Westmorland Labour Party take part in a protest at Greenside, Kendal

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RESIDENTS are demanding action over a number of alleged traffic violations reported in Kendal.

Streets are being used as a 'rat-run' by lorries visiting the Kendal Fell Waste Transfer site near Greenside, they claim.

And they say heavy wagons are also rumbling along Queen’s Road in defiance of a 7.5 tonnes weight limit.

Meanwhile, motorists are breaking the 20mph speed limit on Queen's Road and going too fast along Windermere Road also, say Labour Party activists.

Its members organised a placard protest and Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has also called for a ‘speeding summit’ to sort out the issues.

Labour activist and former Kendal mayor Marilyn Molloy, of Greenside, said: “The waste transfer site at the top of Greenside was given approval on the understanding that heavy wagons would always use the slip road on to the bypass – except when emptying bins in the Fellside area.

“All we want is for SLDC bin wagons to stand by the original agreement and not to use Greenside as a rat run.”

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But South Lakeland District Council says the rat-running does not involve their vehicles.

SLDC street scene manager Nick Pearson said its vehicles adhered to the weight restrictions on Greenside, apart from when they were carrying out their statutory duties, and used the slip road when using the Kendal Fell site.

“Our vehicles are fitted with a tracking system, this system will flag up if for any reason a vehicle is found to be in this restricted area. Unfortunately, SLDC cannot legislate for the numerous other waste collection vehicles which use the Greenside site.”

Of other issues in the area, resident and Labour activist Virginia Branney added: “People have been complaining about overweight lorries using Queens Road to avoid town centre traffic, even though the weight limit is clearly signposted.

“Despite the 20mph limit, vehicles drive between the speed bumps when the coast is clear – often at high speed.”

Of the issues at the top of Windermere Road near the new housing development, local Labour chairman Paul Braithwaite said: “There is real problem with speeding on Windermere Road, particularly heading into town, but our councillors have made no provision in budgets for traffic calming measures.

“We fully support moves by local residents who are calling on SLDC to fund effective traffic calming measures through the Community Infrastructure Levy – a proposed charge on developers.”

A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said its vehicles only use the slip road onto the by-pass. “If there are any contraventions of the Fellside and Queens Road weight restrictions taking place, then this would be a highways offence for Police to enforce.”

Mr Farron wants Cumbria’s police commissioner, senior managers and staff from both CCC and SLDC to come together with SITA UK to discuss the issues.

And Lib Dem Kendal Town Councillor Matthew Severn said: “Every resident I speak to tells me that speeding on Windermere Road is a major issue.  I will keep working with residents to tackle it; I hope that this summit will bring about real change. 

"It will help us bring everyone to the table and hammer out a solution that works for the residents and businesses in the town."
 

A spokesman for Sita UK, said: "We recognise that traffic restrictions on local roads exist for a reason and sympathise with the local residents who have been inconvenienced by those that choose to ignore the law.

"All heavy goods vehicles accessing and exiting SITA UK’s Waste transfer Station at Kendall Fell are required do so via a private slip road off the bypass. This is the designated route into the site and all of our contractors and customers are instructed to use this route.

However, in light of recent concerns, we will remind all of our contractors and customers about local traffic restrictions and once more emphasise that the designated route must be used at all times."

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3:29pm Wed 30 Apr 14

loughrigg says...

I've had a few close calls getting out of junctions on Windermere Rd due to the speed of traffic so I'd welcome some action but I fear we may not get any.
I read a few weeks ago in the NW EveningMail that Tim Farron has written to Cumbria Police after they have disbanded their Roads Traffic Unit to save money.
I've had a few close calls getting out of junctions on Windermere Rd due to the speed of traffic so I'd welcome some action but I fear we may not get any. I read a few weeks ago in the NW EveningMail that Tim Farron has written to Cumbria Police after they have disbanded their Roads Traffic Unit to save money. loughrigg
  • Score: 0

5:13pm Wed 30 Apr 14

boris plasticmac says...

"SLDC street scene manager Nick Pearson said its vehicles adhered to the weight restrictions on Greenside, apart from when they were carrying out their statutory duties, and used the slip road when using the Kendal Fell site.
“Our vehicles are fitted with a tracking system, this system will flag up if for any reason a vehicle is found to be in this restricted area. Unfortunately, SLDC cannot legislate for the numerous other waste collection vehicles which use the Greenside site.”
Any chance you can check your tracking system Nick , because up to a few days ago SLDC wagons have been regularly using Greenside outside the normal bin collection days.
Must admit haven't seen any in the last day or two - wonder why that is?
"SLDC street scene manager Nick Pearson said its vehicles adhered to the weight restrictions on Greenside, apart from when they were carrying out their statutory duties, and used the slip road when using the Kendal Fell site. “Our vehicles are fitted with a tracking system, this system will flag up if for any reason a vehicle is found to be in this restricted area. Unfortunately, SLDC cannot legislate for the numerous other waste collection vehicles which use the Greenside site.” Any chance you can check your tracking system Nick , because up to a few days ago SLDC wagons have been regularly using Greenside outside the normal bin collection days. Must admit haven't seen any in the last day or two - wonder why that is? boris plasticmac
  • Score: 2

8:56pm Wed 30 Apr 14

wezzyk says...

And Appleby Road, Lots of wagons charge down every night / early hours doing well over 30mph causing lots of vibrations and no doubt un-provable damage to properties.
And Appleby Road, Lots of wagons charge down every night / early hours doing well over 30mph causing lots of vibrations and no doubt un-provable damage to properties. wezzyk
  • Score: -3

7:39am Thu 1 May 14

ab oatman says...

wezzyk wrote:
And Appleby Road, Lots of wagons charge down every night / early hours doing well over 30mph causing lots of vibrations and no doubt un-provable damage to properties.
I've told you a million times not to exaggerate!!!
[quote][p][bold]wezzyk[/bold] wrote: And Appleby Road, Lots of wagons charge down every night / early hours doing well over 30mph causing lots of vibrations and no doubt un-provable damage to properties.[/p][/quote]I've told you a million times not to exaggerate!!! ab oatman
  • Score: 10

2:56pm Thu 1 May 14

greenbell says...

boris plasticmac wrote:
"SLDC street scene manager Nick Pearson said its vehicles adhered to the weight restrictions on Greenside, apart from when they were carrying out their statutory duties, and used the slip road when using the Kendal Fell site.
“Our vehicles are fitted with a tracking system, this system will flag up if for any reason a vehicle is found to be in this restricted area. Unfortunately, SLDC cannot legislate for the numerous other waste collection vehicles which use the Greenside site.”
Any chance you can check your tracking system Nick , because up to a few days ago SLDC wagons have been regularly using Greenside outside the normal bin collection days.
Must admit haven't seen any in the last day or two - wonder why that is?
Yes, Boris, I agree with you. All of a sudden most of the noisy "Rat Runners" from the Council seemed to have disappeared but for how long?
[quote][p][bold]boris plasticmac[/bold] wrote: "SLDC street scene manager Nick Pearson said its vehicles adhered to the weight restrictions on Greenside, apart from when they were carrying out their statutory duties, and used the slip road when using the Kendal Fell site. “Our vehicles are fitted with a tracking system, this system will flag up if for any reason a vehicle is found to be in this restricted area. Unfortunately, SLDC cannot legislate for the numerous other waste collection vehicles which use the Greenside site.” Any chance you can check your tracking system Nick , because up to a few days ago SLDC wagons have been regularly using Greenside outside the normal bin collection days. Must admit haven't seen any in the last day or two - wonder why that is?[/p][/quote]Yes, Boris, I agree with you. All of a sudden most of the noisy "Rat Runners" from the Council seemed to have disappeared but for how long? greenbell
  • Score: 2

3:09pm Thu 1 May 14

greenbell says...

I find it very strange that, all of a sudden, Tim Farron wants to get involved in this issue when he has been approached several times over the last few years and has just wriggled out of making any comment or doing anything constructive. Now he has the opportunity of being the hero at election time!
Nick Pearson of SLDC and Cumbria CC are not telling the truth when they say that their vehicles do not use the route. They have been speeding and making a terrible noise over the calming bumps for a long, long time.
As for the Police enforcing the law? This is laughable, pigs might fly.
I find it very strange that, all of a sudden, Tim Farron wants to get involved in this issue when he has been approached several times over the last few years and has just wriggled out of making any comment or doing anything constructive. Now he has the opportunity of being the hero at election time! Nick Pearson of SLDC and Cumbria CC are not telling the truth when they say that their vehicles do not use the route. They have been speeding and making a terrible noise over the calming bumps for a long, long time. As for the Police enforcing the law? This is laughable, pigs might fly. greenbell
  • Score: 3

10:53pm Thu 1 May 14

snuggle-bunny says...

tell you what- lets ban everything and everyone from greenside, queens road and windermere road. that should keep the half witts happy, well until that is a select few rabble rousers find something else to twine about
tell you what- lets ban everything and everyone from greenside, queens road and windermere road. that should keep the half witts happy, well until that is a select few rabble rousers find something else to twine about snuggle-bunny
  • Score: 3

9:07am Fri 2 May 14

boris plasticmac says...

snuggle-bunny wrote:
tell you what- lets ban everything and everyone from greenside, queens road and windermere road. that should keep the half witts happy, well until that is a select few rabble rousers find something else to twine about
All I want is for lorries and cars to obey the existing speed limits and weight restrictions.
This includes residents (halfwit or not), SLDC and anybody else.
[quote][p][bold]snuggle-bunny[/bold] wrote: tell you what- lets ban everything and everyone from greenside, queens road and windermere road. that should keep the half witts happy, well until that is a select few rabble rousers find something else to twine about[/p][/quote]All I want is for lorries and cars to obey the existing speed limits and weight restrictions. This includes residents (halfwit or not), SLDC and anybody else. boris plasticmac
  • Score: 2

2:18pm Fri 2 May 14

greenbell says...

snuggle-bunny wrote:
tell you what- lets ban everything and everyone from greenside, queens road and windermere road. that should keep the half witts happy, well until that is a select few rabble rousers find something else to twine about
Try living in one of these houses, snuggle-bunny and see how you like it?
[quote][p][bold]snuggle-bunny[/bold] wrote: tell you what- lets ban everything and everyone from greenside, queens road and windermere road. that should keep the half witts happy, well until that is a select few rabble rousers find something else to twine about[/p][/quote]Try living in one of these houses, snuggle-bunny and see how you like it? greenbell
  • Score: -1

6:35pm Fri 2 May 14

hogheaven says...

Without police on traffic duty who is going to make sure that they do not abuse the present limits?Do we still have a Police force ,I dont recall seeing anybody in Grange for sometime, maybe we are to honest here.
Without police on traffic duty who is going to make sure that they do not abuse the present limits?Do we still have a Police force ,I dont recall seeing anybody in Grange for sometime, maybe we are to honest here. hogheaven
  • Score: 1

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