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GETTING BIGGER: Village HGV fears over “accident waiting to happen”

GETTING BIGGER: Village HGV fears over “accident waiting to happen”

Redmarshall village, Stockton, Image: Google Street View

Wagons cutting through a picturesque Teesside village have sparked fears of an “accident waiting to happen”. 

Problems on Drovers Lane, in Redmarshall, have been discussed more than once by the village’s parish council.

And Monday night’s meeting heard more concerns about heavy goods vehicles using rural routes through the village.

Cllr Pat Pickersgill told colleagues the lorries she was seeing were getting bigger.

She also revealed she’d contacted Marshalls, in Eaglescliffe, with concerns.

“I’ve said this is just absolutely not acceptable,” she added.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

The meeting heard how Stockton Council and Cleveland Police had launched ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras west of Stockton in recent weeks.

Councillors were told a device was installed at the village crossroads for around three days – with another camera in Whitton.

Clerk Gwynn Dunn said there had been ongoing problems with HGVs “using the area as a shortcut” to avoid the A66 and A19.

She added: “Following concerns, officers are going to carry out an origin and destination survey to determine where the HGVs are travelling to and from.”

One member said he’d seen a wagon clip the kerb recently – adding he’d followed a wagon on his way home one night who’d been “driving like an idiot”.

Lorries with the branding of asphalt giant Tarmac were also named as being seen travelling through the village.

But there were hopes the end of widening work on the A19 between Norton and Wynyard would improve the situation.

It’s understood the parish council has written to firms about wagons cutting through.

A spokeswoman for Tarmac said the firm would investigate the concerns and work with the community to address any issues.

The firm added it had sent out a message to its contractors working in the area not to use the route if it was safe to do so.

And a representative from Tarmac is also set to attend the next parish council meeting in December.

A Marshalls spokesperson added: “We’re sorry to hear that lorries have been using local village routes instead of the main roads during the recent roadworks.

“We will talk to our drivers to remind them to use the main roads and not the smaller routes, and we will contact our suppliers to ask the same.”

Cllr Mike Smith, Stockton Council’s cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “We’re aware of local concerns about the number of HGVs travelling through Redmarshall and recently commissioned a survey to establish the nature and extent of the problem – and whether there is anything we can do to help. 

“We’re currently awaiting the results of the survey, which we will assess before considering the next steps.”

 

Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter


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