'Lorry drivers flouting road ban'

Published on: 04 Apr 2013

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'Lorry drivers flouting road ban'

Residents of a Keynsham street who have already raised safety concerns over traffic say their fears have increased by lorry drivers flouting restrictions to access a nearby construction site. Dapps Hill

People living in Dapps Hill say they have spotted a number of heavy goods vehicles serving the Wessex Water compound next to Keynsham Health Centre travelling along the road – despite a sign at the top telling drivers it is unsuitable.

When contacted by Keynshamvoice a spokeswoman for Wessex Water, which is carrying out major works to alleviate flooding in the town, said it would ensure drivers used suitable routes.

Resident Steve Rich said: “With schoolchildren using the road to get to school and come home, I think it’s dangerous. Some of the lorries have driven all over the island in the street.”

A council spokesman confirmed the authority had not agreed Dapps Hill could be used for access to the site. He said: “There is no such arrangement with the council and we have requested that lorries use St Clements Road. If people see the restriction being flouted, they should get in contact with the police who have the power to enforce.”

Wessex Water’s spokeswoman said: ''We are nearing completion on a £600k scheme in Keynsham to alleviate flooding caused by sewers becoming overwhelmed during heavy rainfall.

''The work, which we started around two months ago, is expected to be completed in two weeks.

'”We would like to thank local people for their patience while this essential work takes place, and ensure that delivery vehicles will use suitable routes to our compound.'”

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