Concerns about Detchant lorries are still on-going

Concerns about the number of lorries travelling through the hamlet of Detchant continue to be voiced.

Friday, 20th January 2017, 09:16 am
Lorries on the U34 through Detchant.

For a number of years, the volume of HGVs using the U34 to get to the Bedmax plant has been a source of complaints from residents and other local businesses.

The thorny issue, which seems to have no easy resolution given the success of the horse-bedding manufacturer, became a constant topic at Belford Parish Council meetings in 2012 and 2013.

A traffic management plan was drawn up in 2015 to manage the number and times of HGV movements, create four passing places and establish a liaison group.

However, last year, more than 12 months since the previous planning approval, the key local employer submitted another application.

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One of the grievances expressed by Malcolm Stanton, from the Residents of Detchant Association (Roda), related to the lack of action on these obligations. In the past three months, Brenda Jackson, of Detchant Farm and another Roda member, has sent a series of emails to Bedmax, and the county council, highlighting occasions when the traffic management plan has not been adhered to.

A Bedmax representative responded to these incidents, either pointing out the rules, for example, the 20mph limit or HGVs not driving in convoy, had been followed or they had not been and the drivers had been reminded of their responsibilities.

The county council is investigating the matter.