Oversize lorries 'killing Ludgvan Churchtown village'
HEAVY trucks and lorries, in some cases weighing up to 40 tonnes, are making life a misery for some West Cornwall villagers, they say.
Residents of Ludgvan Churchtown are demanding immediate action to stop the lorries that struggle to negotiate a narrow chicane by the church.
Henry Mayers, who lives right next to the pinch point, said he had photographed numerous near-misses and cases where lorries had got stuck.
Mr Mayers called the situation horrendous but said he didn't blame Cormac, whose lorries regularly used the road to get to and from the Castle-an-Dinas quarry.
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"I don't mind the 10-tonners, and the manager at the quarry is very good about drivers using this road as little as possible," he said. "It's the huge 40-tonners, some of them with trailers and often from Europe, which cause the trouble.
"It's not just Ludgvan which is affected; it's also Gulval and Nancledra."
Ideally, he said, the village would get a bypass – he favoured a route from B&Q up to the B3311 near Badger's Cross – but at the very least signs warning the road was not suitable for heavy or articulated lorries should be put up in appropriate locations.
Mr Mayers' home and that of neighbour Peter Allen, who has photographed several lorries struggling to get from The Square into Castle Road, have been damaged several times, with guttering being knocked down and a wall broken.
Mr Mayers said they had taken the issue up with Cornwall Council but he was enraged by the response of interim environment director Peter Marsh, who said he was referring the matter to Cormac: "We don't have a problem with Cormac – Mr Bartle, the manager of the quarry, limits his transport as best he can – but these huge lorries are destroying our village life and no one seems to care."
Local Cornwall councillor Roy Mann said he sympathised with Mr Mayers.
"I can understand his feelings," he said. "You can't widen the road there. I'm no expert on roads but there's a continuing problem and I'll back the idea of signs being put up if I can get support from Highways."
A spokesman for Cornwall Council said: "Cormac complies with a planning condition which states that coated roadstone is not to be carried through Ludgvan Churchtown between the hours of 7pm and 7am from the quarry.
"As far as the use of the road by others is concerned, while we can try to influence the way the roads are used we have no powers to direct traffic by a particular route.
"Any alleged damage caused to property by vehicles using the public highway is a private matter between the property owner and the owners/drivers of the vehicles."