E-petition challenges HGVs in Collingham

Harewood Coun Matthew Robinson (Con). Picture : Adrian Murray. (1306251AM2)
Harewood Coun Matthew Robinson (Con). Picture : Adrian Murray. (1306251AM2)

An e-petition launched to challenge the driving of HGVs through Collingham and Pool-in-Wharfedale has been closed with almost 150 signatures.

HGVs currently use small roads through the villages as a cut-through, though access to destinations is available via larger A roads.

This is a real problem because this is a rural area running through the village, though it is an A road, and it is very noticeable and runs next to a school.

Harewood Coun Matthew Robinson (Con)

According to the petition, which closed on March 30 while Parliament is dissolved until the general election in May, the vehicles choose to navigate narrow areas and sharp blind bends not designed for them.

It said: “These small roads are not designed for HGVs and are being destroyed as a result, when the A64 and A658 are much more suitable.

“There are a number of schools also on this route and HGVs cause an unnecessary risk when there are much more suitable routes for simply a few extra miles and a few extra minutes to the drivers.”

Harewood Coun Matthew Robinson (Con), who signed the petition weeks ago and has supported it, said: “I have been arguing with Leeds City Council (LCC) for some time about HGVs travelling along that road and I have been concerned for some residents.

“This is a real problem because this is a rural area running through the village, though it is an A road, and it is very noticeable and runs next to a school.

“Residents will tell you that when the A1 was built HGVs were supposed to use a junction further up, so really we are keen that the Department for Transport, LCC highways department, and the North Yorkshire highways authority looks at this.”

Coun Robinson has written to former Transport Minister Robert Goodwill and received advice that will go on the agenda for future meetings.

He said: “LCC has said there are not enough HGVs using the route for it to be a problem and residents are saying there are plenty using it. We want figures from the council and to discourage vehicles from using it as a cut through.

“I have been battling with the council on this. One of the things we can look to do is make sure that whatever happens there are plans that can be followed up.

“As residents will know I have supported traffic restrictions for certain weights and length of vehicles and I have some good advice from the minster on what can be done.”