AFTER more than 20 years in a village a resident says she is leaving because she can no longer stand the noise of heavy, rumbling lorries.
Grandmother Debbie Leonard lives on The Green, in Rowlands Castle, in a house full of memories of her family.
It’s now a rat run for lorries and I think it’s probably something to do with sat navs guiding them here. I’m not raising this for myself, I’m concerned that someone is going to get seriously hurt.Debbie Leonard
But she says the noise and rumbling from enormous articulated lorries which are driven regularly through the village have made it impossible to stay.
There is a weight and height restriction on lorries travelling from the east but most of the time it is ignored.
The railway bridge close to Ms Leonard’s house has been hit several times.
Now the parish council has promised a wide-ranging investigation into the traffic issues in the village, including lorries.
Ms Leonard, 63, said: ‘I have absolutely had enough.
‘I’m sure they must be causing damage to the gas mains because they are so heavy. I really worry that they are going to cause a big problem.
‘There is a weight restriction at the top of the road but the drivers simply don’t pay any attention to it.
‘My neighbour runs the shop and I understand they must have deliveries.
‘But it is the bigger lorries that cause the problems. The number of times the bridge has been hit is unbelievable.
‘They should enforce the restrictions. It has got worse over the years.
‘It’s now a rat run for lorries and I think it’s probably something to do with sat navs guiding them here. I’m not raising this for myself, I’m concerned that someone is going to get seriously hurt.’
There have long been complaints about noisy lorries trundling through the village from the outlying industrial estates.
John Pickering is chairman of Rowlands Castle Parish Council. He said the council will be carrying out a review of traffic moving through the village.
He said: ‘This is something that concerns me and, with the building of so many new homes, we have to take a holistic view.
‘One of the things drawn to our attention is there does appear to be problems with heavy goods vehicles exceeding the weight limit on our roads.
‘This is something we have in our sights and one of the things we will obviously need to address.’