Marlborough.News readers may remember the serious incident when a large truck overturned attempting to turn into Elcot Lanefrom Barnfield, on 9th August 2017.
Marlborough Town Council have now decided to block an application for a sign to be placed at the intersection of London Road and Barnfield/Chopping Knife Lane to indicate that the road is “Unsuitable for HGVs”, despite support from Wiltshire Police.
The Town Council’s rationale for this is that they do not want to set a precedent.
Quoting directly from the minutes of the meeting of the Wiltshire Council Community Area Transport Group (CATG) on 21st September: “The feeling of Marlborough Town Council was that this incident was a one-off and if they supported a new ‘No HGVs’ sign for Barnfield, then this could apply to many other roads in the town and they would also ask for new signage.”
The Town Council for years have ignored the many complaints and requests by Marlborough residents for suitable signage to prevent HGVs using our small lanes and narrow streets.
The Elcot Lane truck incident probably cost thousands of pounds of tax payers’ money as the Police, Fire and Ambulance services were all involved in the two day rescue operation.
I wonder if other Marlborough residents might raise this issue with their local Councillors as it impacts directly on numerous areas, for example, Barn St, and Silverless Street, and indirectly on all of us as we drive and walk through the town.
How awful it would be if there was another incident. We are so lucky that no one was injured this time.