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Residents take pictures of lorries ignoring signs
5:03pm Sunday 25th August 2013 in News
THEY have been causing a nuisance in a quiet Southampton street for years.
Heavy goods vehicles are ignoring signs restricting those of certain width from ascending Athelstan Road in the Bitterne area of the city.
But eagle-eyed residents are making a stand by photographing the types of lorries that attempt to climb its steep hill.
These pictures show large vehicles narrowly avoiding parked cars and huge containers squeezing past a tight corner.
People living in the road claim the photos have been sent to Southampton City Council to highlight the issues they face on an almost daily basis.
Many drivers underestimate the slope and realise at the last minute their vehicles do not have enough power to reach the top.
It forces the driver to reverse back down the road, sometimes having to manoeuvre a tight turning to successfully complete the turn around.
Residents say walls have been knocked down and pavements crushed as a result.
Pictured: Campaign residents
The latest incident involved a lorry containing tonnes of wet cement spilled its load as it attempted to drive up the road to meet Peartree Avenue.
As reported by the Daily Echo, the driver fled the scene leaving the cement to flow down the road like lava.
Bob Kinchen, who lives in Althelstan Road, said residents have had more than 20 meetings with the council over the problem.
He said: “We have said it’s ludicrous to put a 6ft by 6ins sign on the road when people don’t know the width of their vehicles.
“The seven and a half tonne restriction sign was taken off as they say they have to take the vehicles to the pound when stopped."
He added: “The other morning I counted 13 lorries which are over 6ft by 6ins coming up the road.
“They have talked about changing the contra-flow at the bottom of the road for years but we get nothing from the council.
“I have had my wall knocked down and my neighbour’s has been hit twice.
“I think that they should enforce whatever rules and regulations they come up with but the road is totally underprepared for those lorries.”
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