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Angry residents hope to prevent repeat of lorry spillage on Athelstan Road in Bitterne
EXTRA measures could be put in place by the city council to stop scenes like this happening again.
As reported, heavy goods vehicles have been making their lives a misery for years and some residents have taken dozens of photographs of different lorries using the narrow road.
Now Southampton City Council has confirmed further efforts will be made to stop heavy goods vehicles from attempting to use it.
Large vehicles are restricted by a 6ft by 6ft width restriction but people living in the road say the signs are often ignored.
A spokesman for the city council said: “We deployed a sweeper, three trucks and six people at various stages over a two hour period and we believe the cost of clearance to be around £200.
“There was no damage to the road.
“We are looking at the possibility of further measures at either end of Athelstan Road which would assist in making this road a less attractive route for lorries. The measures include signing and road markings.
“At the moment there is a width restriction protecting the road with advance warning signs.”
Athelstan Road resident Alick Bundy has been a long-term campaigner urging further restrictions to be enforced.
He believes the Daily Echo coverage of the latest incident may have forced the authority to take action.
Mr Bundy added: “Previously when the Conservatives were in power, they were going to put through proposals to include a gyratory at the bottom of Athelstan Road, which nearly got through.
“That was one of the best proposals but signage is more plausible. We are hoping for something like that.
“I think this latest incident has forced them to take action.
Councillor Darren Paffey has been sent pictures. He said it is not acceptable and said he would contact the highways department.
“The police also need to be more enforcing to detract people from coming up.
“It seems as though this story might have stirred the hornets’ nest.”
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