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Officials nearing decisions on weight-restrictions for HGVs through Eye




A decision on whether weight restrictions will be introduced for HGVs passing through a Suffolk town is expected soon, council bosses have promised.

Residents in Eye the town are hoping that vehicles over 7.5 tonnes will be barred from using the town’s roads, after years of ongoing concerns about the dangers posed to homeowners and pedestrians.

Working alongside Eye Town Council, Suffolk County Council has been looking at possible solutions after residents reported being fearful of sending their children to school due to HGVs recklessly mounting pavements, colliding into properties and damaging vehicles.

From left: Eye Town councillor Richard Berry, Suffolk County Councillor Guy McGregor, Trucks out of our Town founder Gary Rowland, Eye Town Councillor Tunie Brandon, pictured back in September last year. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.
From left: Eye Town councillor Richard Berry, Suffolk County Councillor Guy McGregor, Trucks out of our Town founder Gary Rowland, Eye Town Councillor Tunie Brandon, pictured back in September last year. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for Suffolk Highways said: “Eye Town Council has expressed concerns regarding HGVs passing through the town, and negotiating its narrow roads, resulting in damage to properties and presenting a safety risk to residents and visitors.

“We are investigating the points raised and looking at whether any measures can be carried out in the town or whether HGV restrictions may be a solution. We are due to report back to the town council soon.”

While residents will be relieved to hear that a decision is imminent, the statement struck a slightly less certain tone to that of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter, who, in a letter sent out to Eye residents in February, claimed that certain measures would definitely be put in place.

He said: “The county council will shortly be implementing a number of new initiatives, such as introducing weight restrictions for heavy goods vehicles in the town, as well as implementing new traffic management measures.”

In September, a petition arranged by community group Trucks Out of Our Town, which demanded a ban on HGVs over 7.5 tonnes passing through Eye, attracted around 1,000 signatures, while Eye Town Council also commissioned a report into the effect the trucks were having on residents.

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