Campaigners renew pressure for town centre ban on HGVs
CAMPAIGNERS are still calling for an order to restrict heavy goods vehicles coming through Henley ? almost a year after the idea was first discussed
CAMPAIGNERS are still calling for an order to restrict heavy goods vehicles coming through Henley ? almost a year after the idea was first discussed.
David Dickie said if polluted materials were dumped in the River Thames at Marsh Lock there would be an outcry.
?I am sure councils and the police would act immediately and put things back to normal extremely quickly.
?However, every day HGVs go through our town, polluting our air and damaging our health.?
Mr Dickie, a member of the Henley in Transition environmental group, was speaking at a meeting of the town council?s town and community committee.
He said: ?It is now a year since this committee and council supported the need for a traffic regulation order. Under your stewardship nothing has happened since. Your social responsibilities are clear.?
Councillor Ian Reissmann, who is also a member of the group, said the levels of nitrogen dioxide in Henley?s air quality management area were 50 per cent above legal, safe levels. He added: ?HGVs and buses make up three per cent of the traffic but cause 33 per cent of the pollution.
?There are clear trunk roads that HGVs should travel on. Those that travel through Henley have no place being here.
?I would like to ask what the town council plans to do to rid Henley of this invisible scourge on air quality and pollution.?
Elizabeth Hodgkin, who chairs the committee, said there was no clear answer to the problem as the traffic order could have a knock-on effect.
She said: ?We could displace lorries from one area to another. We have to have joined-up thinking with the other counties round us.? Councillor Joan Bland said: ?Air quality is something we can?t really handle by ourselves, it has to be handled by central government and we are lobbying government on air pollution all the time.?
Councillor David Nimmo Smith, who is highways member at Oxfordshire County Council, said one idea was to introduce vehicle permits that showed the drivers had a legitimate reason to be in the town.
In May last year, an official request was made by the town council to the county council to consider introducing the order.