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Police call for signs to ban lorries

By Natasha Swift[1] 1st February 2017

Police call for signs to ban lorries

STUCK: Lorry wedged at Pentewan POLICE are calling for signs to be installed banning lorries from using the roads around Pentewan after being unable to prosecute the driver of a B&Q lorry which got stuck in the village for nearly a day. Officers were called out to help manoeuvre the 36 tonne HGV after the driver took the wrong turning and then found themselves wedged between a house and bend.

Police and Cornwall Council Highways department closed the road while they worked out what to do with the lorry which was blocking one of only two ways into Pentewan overnight. Following the release of the lorry, East Cornwall Police Commander, Ian Drummond-Smith, said he had looked into prosecuting the driver but had been unable to do so as the signs warning HGVs at the entrance to the village were only advisory. Mr Drummond-Smith told the Voice he had written to Cornwall councillor for the area, James Mustoe, and Pentewan Parish Council asking for support to install enforceable signage around Pentewan.

He explained: “The current blue signs are advisory only, so when we looked into prosecuting the driver, we were unable to. “I’d like to see enforceable signs surrounding the village, so when drivers become stuck and cause significant disruption to the community. “We can considering putting them before the court, as we regularly did when the Iron Bridge on the former A30 at Goss Moor was struck, before the new A30 was constructed.”

Mr Mustoe said: “I was disturbed to hear that our hard-working police have been unable to take appropriate follow-up action in addressing the major issues caused by the B&Q lorry that blocked one of only two routes into Pentewan for 18 hours, due to Cornwall Council not having appropriate signage in place. “This cannot be allowed to happen again. I have raised the concerns of villagers in the past with Cornwall Council who have refused to take any action, saying adequate signage was already in place.

“This is clearly not the case.

I have now written again to Cornwall Council, with the backing of the local force, and asked them to consider both better signage and a TRO for the hill.

“Perhaps if Cornwall Council decided to use some of the ?500,000 which it has just allocated to spend on the European Capital of Culture Bid for Truro, to beef up its CPE line/sign correction budget, which is only ?60,000 for the whole of Cornwall, then it would be able to make actual tangible differences to residents, instead of what we currently have, which benefits no-one.”

References

  1. ^ Natasha Swift (www.staustellvoice.co.uk)

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