by billhoult on 6 May, 2009
There has been a lot of coverage in the local press about increasing numbers of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) using the Knaresborough High Street and damaging our town. The finger is being pointed at satellite Navigation Equipment that directs traffic to take certain routes and that may well be correct. Calls for the High Street to be re designated as a “B” classified road are not possible but rerouting the A59 along the A658 has been proposed.
In addition residents on Boroughbridge Road Knaresborough are claiming that more HGVs are using the A6055 as an alternative route to the A1 (M) so “renumbering” the A658 may only be a partial solution
Another major concern is that air pollution levels in Bond End Knaresborough have reached such levels that they now exceed Government guidelines and a report has been prepared and sent to the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Local residents are convinced that it is HGVs that are the culprits.
The Council has benn monitoring air pollution levels at Bond End for some time as there have been long standing concerns about air quality levels.
Cllr Anne Jones a local District Councillor is concerned about this and feels that the urgent priority is to get the facts by carrying out what is known as an “origin and destination” survey of HGVs so a proper solution can be found. “Knee jerk reactions are often counter productive to a proper remedy” comments AnneLeave a comment