Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Lorry gets stuck on Greys Hill

A HENLEY street was shut for about 45 minutes after a lorry delivering digging equipment got stuck on a corner

A HENLEY street was shut for about 45 minutes after a lorry delivering digging equipment got stuck on a corner.

The transporter, which was carrying an excavator to a building site in Normanstead, off Greys Hill, failed to negotiate the sharp right-hand turn into Greys Hill from Church Street at about 11.30am on Friday.

Although the road was just about wide enough, a Vauxhall Mokka was parked on double yellow lines inside the corner, so the lorry driver couldn't turn tightly enough to get all the way round.

There was space to reverse but the driver asked resident Dave McEwen to call police for guidance and to report the illegally parked vehicle.

Mr McEwen and his wife Sally, whose house overlooks the corner, said officers arrived about 30 minutes later and directed the lorry out.

They put a parking fine notice on the Vauxhall's windscreen and it disappeared overnight.

The transporter from Contractors Plant Hire of Reading returned the following morning and successfully delivered the digger, which is being used to build a new house in the cul-de-sac.

The McEwens said lorries often got stuck at that corner because of parked cars. Drivers usually tried to reverse by themselves and sometimes hit the railings in front of people's houses.

Their own railings have been damaged three times over the past decade or so and a neighbour's were hit last year.

Mrs McEwen said: "The police have been down here before and either ticketed cars, contacted the owners and even towed vehicles away.

"The parked cars are part of the problem but I think vehicles that large really shouldn't be here in the first place.

"The corner's only just about wide enough even when it's clear and I'm sure you couldn't clear it in one swing with a big lorry."

Her husband said: "It's very annoying for residents because this situation happens quite frequently.

"We once had an HGV get stuck on that corner because the driver was following his satnav and thought he could take a shortcut around the main roads.

“As well as damaging our railings, it destroys the kerbs because those large vehicles often mount the pavement as they turn the corner.”

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