Kendal lorry protest residents take to street

The Westmorland Gazette: Greenside and Queen’s Road residents show their feelings as they protest about lorries at the junction of the two restricted roads Greenside and Queen’s Road residents show their feelings as they protest about lorries at the junction of the two restricted roads

RESIDENTS claim that heavy lorries are using their streets as a rat-run – and they have logged more than 100 possible examples in a fortnight.

It follows complaints last month about HGVs using Greenside and Queen’s Road in Kendal to drop off at the Kendal Fell waste transfer site.

Both roads have a 7.5 tonne weight limit and lorries are only supposed to get to the site via a slip-road from the Kendal bypass.

However, Marilyn Mol-loy, who lives on Greenside and is a member of the local Labour Party, said: “In little more than a fortnight in May, a small number of residents logged 134 vehicles suspected of being in breach of the weight limit.

“Clearly this is just the tip of the iceberg – and the information has now been handed to police.”

Mrs Molloy said she hoped the data would be ‘useful’ for a Kendal traffic summit which has been called for by Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron.

A few weeks ago, the Labour Party also raised issues about speeding traffic on Windermere Road in Kendal.

South Lakes Labour leader Paul Braithwaite said: ‘Speeding on Windermere Road is causing more concern than ever.

“Residents expect newly-elected councillors to live up to their promises to take action. It’s urgently needed.”

Sita UK has said it had reminded all of its contractors and custo-mers about the rules, and South Lakeland District Council said none of its vehicles used the roads unless they were refuse collecting.

A spokesman for Tim Farron’s office said the summit would take place soon and invitations had gone out to officials such as Richard Rhodes, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria.

“We are inviting the council highways team so we have the official figures as they will be what they will use as evidence to bring in calming measures.

“If Labour wants to send their figures through we'd be happy to look at them.”

The spokesman added that speeding would also be on the agenda.

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2:58pm Wed 11 Jun 14

greenbell says...

The people of this area will fight and fight until we remove every overweight lorry and have every speeding driver fined. We are all sick of this problem, once again, caused by Cumbria County Council.
The people of this area will fight and fight until we remove every overweight lorry and have every speeding driver fined. We are all sick of this problem, once again, caused by Cumbria County Council. greenbell
  • Score: 1

3:22pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Spies says...

Would a physical width restriction and traffic calming measures not resolve the issues here?
Would a physical width restriction and traffic calming measures not resolve the issues here? Spies
  • Score: 1

6:11pm Wed 11 Jun 14

snuggle-bunny says...

what a pity these people haven't got anything better to do with their sad, dull, boring and uneventful little lives. I live in that area a and both my near neighbours and I have never ever had an issue - but then again we get out occasionaly
what a pity these people haven't got anything better to do with their sad, dull, boring and uneventful little lives. I live in that area a and both my near neighbours and I have never ever had an issue - but then again we get out occasionaly snuggle-bunny
  • Score: 7

8:49pm Wed 11 Jun 14

magical trevor says...

What a typically idiotic comment from muddled-bunny. You have no respect for their opinions.
What a typically idiotic comment from muddled-bunny. You have no respect for their opinions. magical trevor
  • Score: -6

9:40am Thu 12 Jun 14

Ken.Moor says...

Clearly it's something they feel passionately about and to actually get up and do something about it, I think, is to be applauded.

On the face of it, it looks like a bunch of people complaining about something "minor", but I think I only feel that way because I can't myself identify with the problems they have.

One thing I can identify with and that irks me about issues like this is simply "one rule for them, another for us". I would think that every time I saw an "offense" probably to the point where I would end up on the street corner with a sign and a grumpy face.

I hope SLDC take notice, perhaps fining these troublesome trucks would raise enough revenue to keep down some of the parking prices in South Lakes ;)
Clearly it's something they feel passionately about and to actually get up and do something about it, I think, is to be applauded. On the face of it, it looks like a bunch of people complaining about something "minor", but I think I only feel that way because I can't myself identify with the problems they have. One thing I can identify with and that irks me about issues like this is simply "one rule for them, another for us". I would think that every time I saw an "offense" probably to the point where I would end up on the street corner with a sign and a grumpy face. I hope SLDC take notice, perhaps fining these troublesome trucks would raise enough revenue to keep down some of the parking prices in South Lakes ;) Ken.Moor
  • Score: 5

9:52am Thu 12 Jun 14

greenbell says...

snuggle-bunny wrote:
what a pity these people haven't got anything better to do with their sad, dull, boring and uneventful little lives. I live in that area a and both my near neighbours and I have never ever had an issue - but then again we get out occasionaly
We get out and about a lot muddled bunny. We have to to keep our sanity!
[quote][p][bold]snuggle-bunny[/bold] wrote: what a pity these people haven't got anything better to do with their sad, dull, boring and uneventful little lives. I live in that area a and both my near neighbours and I have never ever had an issue - but then again we get out occasionaly[/p][/quote]We get out and about a lot muddled bunny. We have to to keep our sanity! greenbell
  • Score: 0

2:59pm Thu 12 Jun 14

boris plasticmac says...

Ken.Moor wrote:
Clearly it's something they feel passionately about and to actually get up and do something about it, I think, is to be applauded.

On the face of it, it looks like a bunch of people complaining about something "minor", but I think I only feel that way because I can't myself identify with the problems they have.

One thing I can identify with and that irks me about issues like this is simply "one rule for them, another for us". I would think that every time I saw an "offense" probably to the point where I would end up on the street corner with a sign and a grumpy face.

I hope SLDC take notice, perhaps fining these troublesome trucks would raise enough revenue to keep down some of the parking prices in South Lakes ;)
There is not much likelyhood of SLDC doing anything about troublesome trucks as they are the main offenders.
But you are not alone in being irked by the "one rule for them,another for us " which appears to be a principle this council lives by.
[quote][p][bold]Ken.Moor[/bold] wrote: Clearly it's something they feel passionately about and to actually get up and do something about it, I think, is to be applauded. On the face of it, it looks like a bunch of people complaining about something "minor", but I think I only feel that way because I can't myself identify with the problems they have. One thing I can identify with and that irks me about issues like this is simply "one rule for them, another for us". I would think that every time I saw an "offense" probably to the point where I would end up on the street corner with a sign and a grumpy face. I hope SLDC take notice, perhaps fining these troublesome trucks would raise enough revenue to keep down some of the parking prices in South Lakes ;)[/p][/quote]There is not much likelyhood of SLDC doing anything about troublesome trucks as they are the main offenders. But you are not alone in being irked by the "one rule for them,another for us " which appears to be a principle this council lives by. boris plasticmac
  • Score: 2

9:40am Sat 14 Jun 14

PropMeUpWithTeabags says...

I'm with snuggle bunny on this one. There are loads of lorrys with waste that come through Kirkbarrow to get to the site, where are they supposed to go? All the way through town back onto the trunk road. Also how do those whiners know that is not a truck wanting access to load in greenside? It's an old fashioned law most truckers pay no attention to and know for a fact most complains are thrown in the bin. The police have better things to do than nicking hard working truck drivers I'm sure.
I'm with snuggle bunny on this one. There are loads of lorrys with waste that come through Kirkbarrow to get to the site, where are they supposed to go? All the way through town back onto the trunk road. Also how do those whiners know that is not a truck wanting access to load in greenside? It's an old fashioned law most truckers pay no attention to and know for a fact most complains are thrown in the bin. The police have better things to do than nicking hard working truck drivers I'm sure. PropMeUpWithTeabags
  • Score: 4

3:04pm Sat 14 Jun 14

drixhen says...

Sounds like a case of NIMBY to me
Sounds like a case of NIMBY to me drixhen
  • Score: 0

9:22am Mon 16 Jun 14

Little Sir John says...

greenbell wrote:
The people of this area will fight and fight until we remove every overweight lorry and have every speeding driver fined. We are all sick of this problem, once again, caused by Cumbria County Council.
Eh? How is this the County Council's fault. The "County Council" does not drive (or infact operate) any of the wagons involved.

Why do you think you should have special treatment and have no heavy vehicles pass your house? The rest of us have to put up with it.
[quote][p][bold]greenbell[/bold] wrote: The people of this area will fight and fight until we remove every overweight lorry and have every speeding driver fined. We are all sick of this problem, once again, caused by Cumbria County Council.[/p][/quote]Eh? How is this the County Council's fault. The "County Council" does not drive (or infact operate) any of the wagons involved. Why do you think you should have special treatment and have no heavy vehicles pass your house? The rest of us have to put up with it. Little Sir John
  • Score: 3

9:04pm Mon 16 Jun 14

greenbell says...

Little Sir John wrote:
greenbell wrote:
The people of this area will fight and fight until we remove every overweight lorry and have every speeding driver fined. We are all sick of this problem, once again, caused by Cumbria County Council.
Eh? How is this the County Council's fault. The "County Council" does not drive (or infact operate) any of the wagons involved.

Why do you think you should have special treatment and have no heavy vehicles pass your house? The rest of us have to put up with it.
Heavy vehicles should be on major routes not on residential roads. It is the fault of the County Council because they pedestrianised a main street with no where for the traffic to go so now they "rat run" including heavy lorries.
I hope that answers your questions???
[quote][p][bold]Little Sir John[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenbell[/bold] wrote: The people of this area will fight and fight until we remove every overweight lorry and have every speeding driver fined. We are all sick of this problem, once again, caused by Cumbria County Council.[/p][/quote]Eh? How is this the County Council's fault. The "County Council" does not drive (or infact operate) any of the wagons involved. Why do you think you should have special treatment and have no heavy vehicles pass your house? The rest of us have to put up with it.[/p][/quote]Heavy vehicles should be on major routes not on residential roads. It is the fault of the County Council because they pedestrianised a main street with no where for the traffic to go so now they "rat run" including heavy lorries. I hope that answers your questions??? greenbell
  • Score: 2

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