What to do about lorry noise nuisance
I do get a lot of complaints about noise nuisance from lorry traffic, especially in areas where residents are living close by to sites such as Marchwood Industrial Estate and Eling Wharf.
Unfortunately, as the law stands, the needs of the economy seem to override the wishes of local communities.
The issue of licences to lorry operators is carried out by a largely unaccountable government agency, the Traffic Commissioners.
Attempts I have made in the past to restrict numbers of licences issued have been firmly rebuffed.
The civil servants involved aren’t really interested in what local Councillors think.
If anything, I expect matters to get worse, not better, for local residents.
It looks very much like we will see ever more intensive use of the local road network by lorry traffic, especially if the ambitions of Associated British Ports and Solent Gateway are realised to develop commercial port operations along the Waterside.
The assistance I have been able to give has been very much “at the fringes”, such as pressing for heavily used local roads to be repaired quickly.
It’s another reason why I am so keen to see more use made of the railway line.
The sites that generate the most lorry traffic have long established planning use to be operated 24 hours a day.
This is unlikely to change, even if the local community and Council demanded it.
Such decisions are not taken locally.
The one thing residents can do is to report all instances where they are disturbed by noise nuisance.
The District Council has a legal duty to handle such complaints.
The contact details are: (Environmental Protection) Appletree Court, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7PA. Tel: 023 8028 5411, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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