‘Huge lorries keep driving down our street and hitting cars’
Work on a new housing development is causing consternation among residents in Whetstone, who say they’re fed up with large lorries going up and down their street. Dean Smith, of Henson Close, said his car wing mirror and those of a number of other residents have been clipped by lorries heading to and from the development, which he claims are also blocking roads to other traffic users and creating a noise nuisance. He told LeicestershireLive: “It’s a daily occurrence that I get home from work and all the cars’ wing mirrors outside our house and all down the street, have been folded in as Heavy Plant has been brought through a narrow residential road.
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That’s an estimated GBP300 repair I won’t get back.”
The scratch is estimated to cost GBP300 to repair, says resident
He added: “It’s not the truck drivers’ fault, they are just doing their job. It’s the project managers that authorise this route that are to blame.” It is claimed residents were told lorries would be using a different route onto the development in a letter they received before construction started.
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Just follow the unsubscribe link. Dean said: “They as good as promised to bring all huge plant through the Whittle Estate (nearby) into your development which, in my opinion is a much more sensible option. “This has to stop as the Henson residents are sick and tired of it.
We have reached the point where our property is being damaged and our cars are constantly covered in dust transferred from the site by these vehicles.” LeicestershireLive contacted Lovell homes, who are in charge of the development to ask about whether any action was being taken to address the complaints.
Truck mounting pavement as it attempts to turn the corner
A spokesperson for the company said: “We are concerned to hear these reports and are taking them seriously. We are currently investigating these claims and have passed your query on to the client who will be in touch.”
Cllr Les Phillimore of the Blaby District Ward has been liaising with both residents and the council in attempts to reach a resolution. He said: “I have been in dialogue with a number of Henson Close residents over several months regarding construction traffic accessing a new residential development at the rear of the Whittle Estate in Whetstone.
“This is a very difficult situation due to the only highway access to the development being from Henson Close. “Planning permission for the development was granted some time ago and I have been working to try and find out whether an alternative access route can be established through private land.
“I am committed to the residents on Henson Close to try and resolve this situation, and I will continue to talk to and negotiate with whoever I can to press for an alternative access route. “If I am unable to mitigate some or all of the construction traffic, then I will be working with Henson Close residents to request that conditions are applied to the live planning application. “The possibility of this will depend on seeing the final report to see which conditions we may be able to ask for.
However, mitigating the impact of construction traffic is the primary objective.
“These are very real, justifiable concerns, and it’s my role to do everything I can as their District Councillor to help.”
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