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'Lorry watch' scheme could be coming to Stamford

People could be given the power to report HGVs abusing a town centre vehicle weight restriction through a ‘lorry watch’ scheme.

Complaints about lorries flouting the 7.5-tonne weight restriction in Stamford town centre and Sidney Farm Lane are voiced regularly.

Coun Amanda Wheeler (Lib Dem-St Mary’s) gave her approval to the idea which was put forward by Coun Steve Carroll (Ind - St John’s) at a Stamford Town Council meeting on Tuesday evening.

A lorry stuck on St Mary's Hill. Photo: Protect Stamford
A lorry stuck on St Mary's Hill. Photo: Protect Stamford

“My house was smashed into by a Tesco lorry and it took a year-and-a-half to repair the damage,” she said, adding that she would like to see signs publicising a phone number or website people could use to report rogue HGVs.

Coun John Dawson (Con-St John’s) said his jewellers’ shop in Red Lion Square had been hit by lorries and that some of them were using car sat-navs instead of one programmed for HGVs.

He added: “Nearly all of the lorries that come into town are lost and most of them are foreign.”

Coun Carroll said Nottinghamshire County Council had introduced the scheme for people to upload reports for trading standards to follow up on.

Town councillors agreed to ask Lincolnshire County Council to set up a portal on its website for people to report HGVs that were breaking the town weight restriction.

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