Call for debate on lorry ban for Settle

County Councillor Richard Welch

County Councillor Richard Welch

First published in News Craven Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Settle residents are being urged to debate plans to regenerate Settle and free it from the pressure of heavy lorries.

The Settle Town Survey, carried out by Dr John England, recommended restrictions on HGV traffic through the town, pedestrianisation of the market place and for most of the quarry materials to be transported by rail.

The plans have sparked some disquiet with some fearing it could lead to the loss of jobs in the quarry industry in the area.

Pat Harding, chairman of the Friends of Upper Ribblesdale (FOUR), said: “We are asking everyone to talk about it. The HGVs are twice as many and twice as big.

“We can’t just roll on-and-on, otherwise somebody will be killed.”

She stressed they were grateful for the quarry industry but felt they could not have a positive dialogue.

The landlord of the Lion, Ian Pilcher, spoke of his experience with noise from HGVs which was impacting on his business.

He said: “We received complaints from TripAdvisor from guests woken up at 5am caused by the noise and disruption.

“I’m supportive of the quarries - I don’t want people to be out of work - but HGVs are not the right mode of transport.”

Michael Southworth, of North Craven Heritage Trust, said he backed FOUR’s aims.

“We must all get together and let it snowball and once Settle and the area become a better place it will gather pace and more positive things will develop,” he said.

County Councillor Richard Welch said Settle was developing “very well” and questioned whether regeneration was appropriate.

He invited FOUR to a meeting of the Freight Quality Partnership.

For more information, visit F-O-U-R.org.uk

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10:36am Sun 16 Dec 12

pjl20 says...

Heavy lorries that require access to the local quarries in the area have been a feature of the vehicles encountered on the roads in the district since I first started driving in the 1960s, more than 40 years ago.

The owners of HGV vehicles pay heavily for the privilege of using them, both road tax and in fuel duty.

By all means prohibit them from using the smaller by-roads, but have they not the right to go about their business normally otherwise?
Heavy lorries that require access to the local quarries in the area have been a feature of the vehicles encountered on the roads in the district since I first started driving in the 1960s, more than 40 years ago. The owners of HGV vehicles pay heavily for the privilege of using them, both road tax and in fuel duty. By all means prohibit them from using the smaller by-roads, but have they not the right to go about their business normally otherwise? pjl20
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1:44pm Sun 16 Dec 12

coates warder says...

so how many people have been killed in settle with hgv,s going through settle .since the quarry opened
so how many people have been killed in settle with hgv,s going through settle .since the quarry opened coates warder
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1:46pm Sun 16 Dec 12

coates warder says...

also how will the shops get their deliveries.
also how will the shops get their deliveries. coates warder
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