HGV ban is victory for residents of Portsmouth estate

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RESIDENTS have scored a victory after a council agreed to ban heavy goods vehicles from their roads.

Angry neighbours near Anchorage Road, Portsmouth, have spent years putting up with the sound of lorries driving past at all times.

Now the council has decided to spend £45,000 on a full-time weight restriction on the street.

The road will also be resurfaced at a cost of £70,000 after it was found to be in a poor condition – just seven years after it was last done by contractors Colas. Airport Service Road will be widened as it will become the alternative route.

Cllr Fazackarley, cabinet member for traffic and transport, who agreed to the move at a public meeting at Anchorage Park Community Centre, said: ‘Obviously, the majority of the residents want a ban. This is an issue that has been going on for a couple of years at least. I will support a ban.

‘However, I need to listen to what the businesses have told me as well.

‘They say this will cause disruptions to their delivery systems.’

Police say they won’t be able to enforce the restriction because it’s an environmental issue.

Kevin Joyner, of Fratton Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘With regards to the weight plan in Anchorage Road, we are unable to support it.

‘Hampshire police’s main business is casualty reduction.

‘All of our resources that we use from Kingston Crescent are focused on road policing but that’s (in relation to) casualty reduction.’

The scheme can’t be done until utility companies tell the council what cables they’ve got underneath Airport Service Road and how they would be affected. Once in force, only large vehicles with abnormal loads would still be able to join traffic on Anchorage Road.

Lynne Edmunds, who lives with her husband Norman, in Sutton Close, Anchorage Park, said: ‘We have got to be reasonably pleased. Cllr Fazackarley has done the best he can considering the budgetary constraints he has got.’