Row rumbles on over estate HGVs

HGV damage on the Headlands estate, Daventry.'Pictured are Cllr Chris Long & Brian Bell

HGV damage on the Headlands estate, Daventry.'Pictured are Cllr Chris Long & Brian Bell

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FRUSTRATED residents on the Headlands estate in Daventry are tired of large vehicles damaging their grass verges and pathways.

Complaints have been made to the Daventry Express and Northamptonshire county Cllr Chris Long about HGV vehicles, used to supply the shops on the estate, tearing up grassy areas on the verges outside residents’ houses when trying to deliver goods.

Toni Peake, 23, of Highfield Road said: “For us it is a nightmare. We have three cars and are often blocked in in the mornings by HGV lorries which makes us late for work. In the past our cars have been scratched by vehicles passing and they once took a wing mirror off.”

Residents believe the HGVs are too large for some of the residential roads and are forced to mount the pavement to avoid parked cars to access the shops.

Fellow resident Agnes Hooper, 59, worries about the danger of large uneven mounds of grass caused by this.

She said: “For me it is the danger of slipping that is a problem because the wheels of the HGVs leave big holes in the grass at the side of the road.”

In response to complaints Cllr Long hopes to establish a specific route through the estate for the vehicles.

He hopes wider roads such as Hemans Road, which lead onto feeder roads such as Burns Road and Ashby Road, could be used to alleviate the problem.

He said: “It is not just the physical damage that is a problem, the HGVs also pose a danger to pedestrians by using roads which are too narrow.”

Cllr Long met with county highways engineers as this issue went to press to find a solution.

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