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Kendal lorry protest residents take to street
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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