Monday, 25 June 2018

Call for daytime loading ban on lorries

LOADING restrictions in the centre of Goring could be tightened in a bid to tackle congestion.

LOADING restrictions in the centre of Goring could be tightened in a bid to tackle congestion.

At the moment, lorries delivering to businesses in High Street may stop at the roadside at any time except from 7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm.

However, when a lorry parks in the middle of the day it causes problems because the street is only the width of one vehicle in places.

Drivers often mount the pavement to get past, causing a safety hazard for pedestrians, then drive off at speed.

The lorries also block views at the passing place in High Street so often drivers try to squeeze through but then encounter a line of traffic coming the other way and become stuck.

Goring Parish Council is considering asking Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, to extend the restrictions to run from 7am to 6pm. It might also ask for speed humps.

Councillor David Brooker is to organise a meeting later this month for traders to give their views. He will then discuss the findings with highways officers.

He said: “Several businesses, including Inspiration and Goring Village Butchers, have told me they’re fed up with what’s going on.

“The Goring Grocer has only just opened and the owners have already seen all sorts of shouting matches and punch-ups — they can’t believe it.

“We need to get something set up and that should include speed humps as people fire up their engines when they see a chance to slip through.

“We need it even if we have to pay for it.”

Councillors said the money could come from developers’ statutory contributions.

The humps could be built from paving tiles to give drivers “a sense of pedestrian priority”.

Kevin Bulmer, who chairs the council, said: “If we’re going to do this, it would make sense to do it comprehensively instead of just putting down a simple slab of tarmac.”

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