Supermarket lorry gets trapped in town
Residents were left scratching their heads after a supermarket lorry became stuck in a Stamford street. On Thursday night last week, the delivery driver for Morrisons ended up with the back end of the vehicle outside Stamford Arts Centre in St Mary’s Street while the front end was in St George’s Square. It took about 40 minutes for the driver to free the truck by reversing the length of St Mary’s Street.
The lorry became stuck outside the arts centre and had to reverse along St Mary’s Street
The incident happened only days after Stamford Town Council was told at a meeting that automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) cameras might be a future addition to Stamford High Street.
These would help to trace lorry drivers who repeatedly ignore restrictions.
It also follows a proposal by St George’s Residents’ Association to create a low-traffic neighbourhood, which would prevent traffic passing through St George’s Square, St George’s Street, Maiden Lane, Gas Lane, St Leonard’s Street, Blackfriars Street, St Mary’s Street and St Mary’s Place.
The lorry was branded with Morrisons livery
Steve Gates, a member of the group, said they were looking to stop articulated lorries coming through because these were mounting and cracking pavements in narrow streets, and causing damage to buildings. “Where the lorry got stuck is exactly where we want to close the road,” he said. “If this had been in place, signs could have prevented the lorry getting into this position.”
The low-traffic neighbourhood proposal is now in the hands of Lincolnshire County Council, which manages roads. It will be carrying out a consultation asking people their views on the scheme, which is due to start this month.
If it is then given the go-ahead, it is expected to be on a trial basis.
People gave the driver a hand to leave St Mary’s Street
Morrisons was invited to respond to the photos of its lorry but had not done so.
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A tricky position with the cab in St George’s Square and the trailer in front of the Cellar Bar
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