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Council set to tackle late night lorries
A SINGLE heavy goods operator may be responsible for the illegal night-time lorry movements disturbing residents in South Ruislip, Eastcote and Northwood Hills.
Hillingdon Council is set to investigate whether the same vehicle is using a shortcut between the A40 and Watford down Field End Road and Joel Street between 5 and 6am.
A petition against the 18-tonne lorry movements was started last October, and will be heard by the cabinet member for transportation in a meeting at Uxbridge Civic Centre tonight (Wednesday). It has attracted nearly 100 signatures.
Leading the campaign is Eastcote Residents' Association transport officer Ian Brooks (pictured). He says either Hillingdon should join the London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) or monitor the activity itself.
"Somebody needs to track these vehicles," he told the Gazette.
"There is little compliance to this law and it is difficult to find out what is going on.
"We want the council to recognise its duty to enforce the issue and that needs to be done sooner rather than later. It appears the LLCS is the way do it and the costs are minimal.
"I still can't understand why 28 boroughs are signed to it and Hillingdon isn't. To duck it and claim you have no responsibility is unacceptable."
The night-time lorries have been causing grief to residents in the roads affected. Some have reported being awoken by the vibrations of the vehicles any time from 4am, as they attempt to beat rush-hour traffic.
In a report for the petition hearing, the council acknowledges the problem and states it will reconsider rejoining LLCS.
"The petitioners' complaints and the results of a traffic survey indicate a need for the periodic monitoring of traffic along the B472 to ensure the volume and time that heavy vehicles pass does not unreasonably detract from residential amenity in a built up area," says the report.
"There may be a case to review membership of the LLCS, taking into account both the issues raised in the petition and how membership may conceivably be of wider benefit to the council."
The council originally left LLCS 10 years ago after it complained the scheme - which enforces the Greater London Traffic Order restricting night-time lorry movements on residential roads - was 'not value for money'.
Membership would cost borough taxpayers about £10,000 per year.
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