'No HGVs' signs put up on residential area near Florida Farm

ST HELENS Council says it has installed ‘no HGV signs’ after residents reported persistent problems with lorries using an estate. Residents near to the Amazon and Kelloggs warehouses at Florida Farm in Haydock have reported regular issues with heavy goods vehicles using their neighbourhood. Issues have been raised over lorries in the area often over recent years, since construction of the controversial M6 Major development at the Florida Farm site.

Amazon opened its sortation centre at the site in 2019. And earlier this year cereal giant Kellogg’s announced a deal to move in to the adjacent warehouse at the location. St Helens Star:

The Amazon warehouse Residents say the issue has been exacerbated by the closure of Pewfall Junction on the East Lancashire Road for improvement works. Last October the Star published a video after a HGV knocked over a garden fence on nearby Haydock Lane while trying to reverse.

BBC North West Tonight recently broadcast an item on the matter after residents reported experiencing regular problems with vehicles. One resident said there have been issues with the noises of the vehicles and also with loud beeping noises as they reverse, which can go on for a lengthy period of time as they sometimes get stuck. Some residents have also reported having to move their cars to enable lorry drivers to reverse off the estate.

One told the BBC: “It’s absolutely horrendous at the moment, it was quieter a couple of years ago but since the Amazon opened we have all the heavy goods vehicles coming down this road when they could actually go through an industrial estate rather than a residential.” St Helens Star: The Kellogg’s warehouse

The council says it has installed ‘No HGVs’ signs at the estate and says it has taken up the issue of lorries using residential roads with companies they serve. READ > Insolvent company applies for permission to create homes at garden village Lisa Harris, St Helens Council’s executive director of place services, said: “We’re grateful to residents in the area for bringing their concerns to our attention.

“The council is currently making improvements at the Pewfall Junction of the East Lancashire Road, to ensure it can cope with the level of traffic on the roads and to make the roads safer for everyone, whether you drive, cycle or walk. “The works are now in their final phase bringing an end to the necessity for overnight closures and diversions. “It is disappointing that HGV drivers are not following the correct diversion routes resulting in issues for nearby residents and this is something we are taking up with the companies they serve.

“St Helens Borough Council is passionate about having the correct infrastructure in place to support the economic recovery and ensure our residents are safe, and we would encourage residents to let us know where problems exist, so that together we can tackle them.” St Helens Star:

Pewfall Junction Pic: Google Streetview A spokesperson for the local authority added: “We have installed ‘No HGVs’ signs at Cavan Drive, in addition to the existing diversion route signs. “Officers have also carried out late night checks and no HGVs were observed parking in Cavan Drive during visits.

“We will continue to monitor the situation until the works are completed, and we would encourage residents to contact us via our Contact Centre if they do encounter further issues.”

On the matter, a An Amazon UK spokesperson added: “We have immediately informed our carriers about the concerns raised.

“We’ve reminded them of the correct driving directions to the site and not approach through these residential areas.”

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