We don’t want any extra HGVs - council

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Parish councillors in Woodhall Spa have called for a planning condition to be introduced to stop extra lorries driving through the village.

At last week’s parish council meeting, councillors discussed a planning application to turn agricultural land in Horncastle Road, Roughton, into a parking area for commercial vehicles.

Councillors have previously backed residents who have raised concerns about an increasing number of HGVs travelling through the centre of Woodhall Spa.

Council chairman David Clarke said he was worried that the new application would lead to even more lorries using local roads.

Several councillors admitted they had issues with safety amid claims that some HGVs were breaking the speed limit and causing delays because of inconsiderate parking.

Councillor Rich Sanderson asked whether the company responsible for the proposed lorry park could be asked to help fund safety improvements.

Coun Sanderson admitted a pedestrian crossing had already been ruled out, but suggested a crossing point, featuring a traffic island.

Coun Clarke, however, said he thought the proposed lorry park was located too far away from the centre of Woodhall for a section 106 agreement to be imposed.

Councillors decided not to oppose the application but agreed to write to planning officers at East Lindsey District Council to ask for a condition to be inserted in any approval stating that no extra HGV traffic would be allowed through the village.

Coun Clarke added: “We are all in agreement but I’m not sure how it would be enforced. We can’t stop lorries driving through the village.”