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Bid to ban HGVs sees 900-strong petition filed to Suffolk County Council




A petition demanding action is taken to address the number of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) travelling through a Suffolk town has been handed over to Suffolk County Council.

The petition, set up by campaign group Trucks out of our Town (ToooT), attracted an impressive 929 signatures – 448 in paper and 465 online – after years of discontent over the frequency at which HGVs pass through Eye.

Earlier this month, Guy McGregor, councillor for Eye and Hoxne, handed over the petition to Suffolk Country Council – the town’s relevant highway authority, as campaigners eagerly await a response.

Pictured from left: Eye Town councillor Richard Berry, Guy McGregor, founding member of TOOOT Gary Rowland, and Tunie Brandon, back in September.
Pictured from left: Eye Town councillor Richard Berry, Guy McGregor, founding member of TOOOT Gary Rowland, and Tunie Brandon, back in September.

The petition will now accompany a report, commissioned by Eye Town Council, which addressed the issues caused by HGVs and was handed to the county council in March this year, with a response still awaited.

After presenting the petition, Cllr McGregor said: “There has been a lack of response to the issues raised in this consultant’s report, but this issue will not now go away – the Pandora’s box has been opened.

“It is causing a detrimental effect on people’s lives, and action is required.”

Last month, Eye resident Tunie Brandon, who was instrumental in setting up the petition, said how residents’ lives were being put at risk by HGVs recklessly travelling through the town.

She said: “If you’re coming out of your house, you are sometimes taking your life into your own hands.

“We’ve had a car totalled, a house that has been hit five times, a car that has been written off, a taxi that had its wing mirror taken off and garden fences have been destroyed.”

Campaigners had hoped to prevent HGVs of more than 7.5 tonnes travelling through the town, particularly busier roads, such as Castle Street, Lowgate Street and Magdalen Street.

The petition does not explicitly outline how the issue should be dealt with, instead encouraging people to sign if they “believe something needs to be done before it is too late and a major accident happens”.

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