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Weight restrictions to tackle heavy lorries in Dorchester

St George's Road Dorchester

Published at 11:22am 11th June 2019.

Weight restrictions to stop heavy lorries using residential roads around the Dorchester household recycling centre will need to be signed from some distance away.

The orders have been agreed after being advertised earlier in the year. They are designed to stop big lorries trying to use Long Bridge Way and St George’s Road on the way to, or from, the recycling centre and nearby businesses at Louds Mill.

Long Bridge Way Dorchester
Long Bridge Way, Dorchester

The orders were set out after complaints from residents living in those roads and adjoining Lubbecke Way amid fears that HGV drivers might try and attempt the right turn from St George’s Road into Long Bridge Way, damaging verges, or worse, in doing so. Several residents have already complained of damage to their cars parked in the area since Lubbecke Way became the main route to the town’s recycling centre.

Cllr Stella Jones, who has campaigned for the restrictions and parking limits in the area, has welcome the new restrictions, but says they need to be signed at the start of St George’s Road.

“We want the signs now and in the right place…we don’t want to see lorries getting to the end and then discovering they can’t turn around. They need to be told of the weight limit at the start of the road,” she told Monday’s meeting of the town council planning committee.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter

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