HGV crashes into house

Date published: 12 June 2018

A heavy goods vehicle attempting to drive down the narrow School Lane in Ashworth Valley has left a hole in the side of a house at the junction with Furbarn Lane and Clay Lane.

Access for tippers is required due to the ongoing repairs on Ashworth Road following a landslide earlier this year.

However, several HGVs have attempted access, despite the signs in place.

A representative for The Friends of Ashworth Valley said: “As locals we have tried to ask that no HGVs are sent down School Lane.

“All councillors are aware of the situation. We stopped another wagon this morning.

“It has been mentioned every time we have had issues with the road. This is the first time that any major damage has happened. Previously farm walls have been damaged. The opposite end of the lane has had the farm wall damaged numerous times.

“It’s more infuriating that the driver drove off and left the scene, but the wagon has since been recovered.”

Councillor Peter Winkler said: “We have asked several times for signage to be installed so that long vehicles and HGVs are made clearly aware of the unsuitability of using this route and prevented from causing incidents like this. I have been in contact with officers at the council again today to reiterate the urgency to have this dealt with. I will give an update at the area forum.”

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